Hi Canyon Residents,
Today begins national Fire Prevention Week. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Here are this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home using the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guide below with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Note that one exit will usually be a window, and so for multi-story residences, escape ladders would be required.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
This and much more information can be found on NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website.
Stay tuned for additional Fire Prevention tips throughout the week!
Winter Storm Warning
It seems we are due some snows again, and have another winter storm warning. Here in Coal Creek Canyon we are mountain folks, so somewhat used to snow, but early/late snows do still tend to catch some of us off guard & contribute to some accidents. Some thoughts:
It’s a good time to check that you have sufficient tire tread, and if you utilize snow tires, maybe this is the year to switch to them earlier than later. If you can avoid travel perhaps do so, or travel later in the day (when less people are on the road and/or the roads have warmed.) Allow extra time to get where you are going.
Some canyon driving thoughts, including links to winter driving tips:
Note: Last week’s snows led to some icy patches on the roads, and at least two accidents. Dry roads with intermittent icy patches can be as dangerous as fully icy roads because it can lead to a false sense of security, and can lull drivers into higher speeds than safe. Drive to the conditions, and that means the worst of the conditions.
Drive safely out there…
Slash collections this weekend, September 16th / September 17th at Blue Mountain Open Space:
This opportunity is available to all canyon residents (irrespective of country of residence.) Pricing, and other information, is available at the Jeffco Slash Collection Website.
We just received notification that Gross Dam Road will be closed at the Crescent Meadows railroad crossing beginning tomorrow (Wednesday September 6th 2017.) It is estimated to reopen this Thursday at 6:30PM (Thursday September 7th 2017.) There will be no passage across the railroad crossing due to maintenance work. CCCFPD has adapted our emergency response plans accordingly to address this closure.
Given the short notice, please share this information with fellow Canyonites who might otherwise be caught out by this closure. The alternative route for those living north of the closure is Flagstaff Road:
Roadways in and out of Coal Creek Canyon.
Road closures happen for emergency and non-emergency reasons. In recent memory roads have been closed due to train carriages across the road, bridge instability after accident and even for flash flood taking out the highway and/or causing sink holes in the highway. Roads can also be closed for many other emergency and non-emergency reasons and for extended periods, sometimes without notice.
Living in Coal Creek Canyon it is valuable to know the four main entrances / exits that the canyon has available, so you are able to navigate around unexpected and/or extended closures.
Perhaps visit or take your family on a visit to the main north and south routes in good weather to check them out before you need them. They are gloriously scenic routes worth a visit, and a picnic / hike.
Note: It is not hard to know and find these routes from inside Coal Creek Canyon, heading out. However, do you know how to find them from outside Coal Creek Canyon heading home?
Roadways in and out of Coal Creek Canyon.
The Colorado Classic Bike Race is scheduled to come through Coal Creek Canyon for Stage 3 on Saturday August 12th. There will be road closures impacting our canyon.
Colorado Classic Bike Race
For overall information, visit the CDOT home page to see the announcements at the top. The temporary/rolling closures will be:
- Highway 93 (from 58th)
- Highway 72 to Twin Spruce Road
- Twin Spruce / Gap Road
- Highway 119 / Golden Gate Canyon Road
See the CDOT website for estimated times of closures.
Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department is implementing our action plan to ensure minimal impacts to emergency response within the canyon through the closures of the race.
Boulder and Gilpin counties have lifted the stage 1 fire bans.
JeffCo is still in a Stage 1 fire ban:
Jefferson County Stage 1 Fire Ban
Jefferson County has rescinded the Stage 2 Fire Ban and reenacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Boulder County and USFS remain in Stage 1 restrictions. Gilpin County has lifted all restrictions. Want the cliff’s notes? Campfires on private property within permanent fire rings are okay. Campfires on Winniger Ridge remain illegal (sorry). I have not yet had the time to change the signs around the canyon but will do so tomorrow. Links to the various restrictions are below:
Boulder County Stage 1 Restrictions
Gilpin County- NO RESTRICTIONS
Jefferson County Stage 1 Fire Restictions
US Forest Service Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Fire Danger Very High – No Open Burning
Jefferson County is implementing a FIRE BAN effective at noon on Thursday July 13th 2017. Links to this ban and restrictions by our other counties and the USFS are below. However, due to the increased risk of wildland fire, the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District strongly recommends that all of our residents observe a fire ban until conditions improve, regardless of which county they reside in.
Boulder County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Gilpin County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
Jefferson County Stage 2 FIRE BAN
US Forest Service Fire Restrictions