Slash Burn Requirements
The District appreciates the steps our residents have taken- and continue to take- to mitigate the risk of wildfire damage to individual properties and our community as a whole. We support pile burning as a means of slash disposal when done safely. In addition to the regulations set forth by your county of residence, please adhere to the following criteria when constructing piles and on burn day:
- Woody materials to be burned include only clean, dry slash (limbs, branches, needles, leaves) less than six inches in diameter. Tree stumps, trunks or logs (greater than six inches) shall not be included in the slash pile and are not permitted to be burned.
- No household trash, construction materials, lumber, tires, fence posts, creosote products or wood products containing hazardous chemicals, etc. shall be burned.
- Piles shall be constructed so that the maximum size of the pile does not exceed six feet in diameter and six feet in height. Piles shall be constructed so that no pile is closer than ten feet to any adjacent standing tree trunk and tree crowns do not hang over the piles. Piles shall be located no closer to each other than twenty feet. Piles should be constructed in openings or clearings whenever possible.
- Do not place piles over or near tree stumps or adjacent to any large down dead or green logs, as they will burn for an extended period-of-time and will require additional control.
- Piles shall be constructed no closer than fifty feet from any structure.
- Do not place piles near or under power lines or utility poles, drainages or waterways.
- Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District reserves the right to require a written Burn Plan and/or a NWCG qualified Burn Boss or CDFPC Certified Burner for your project. CCCFPD will notify you if this is required after reviewing your application.
On Burn Day
- Burn only when there is a minimum of five inches of snow extending thirty feet in all directions from any given pile.
- You are encouraged to burn during or immediately preceding an incoming snowstorm.
- Burn only between 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
- Wind speeds at the time of ignitions must be 10 mph or less. If wind gusts exceed 10 mph for a period of 30 minutes or more, piles will be extinguished and mopped up until there is no residual heat. Piles should be inspected the following day for any signs of heat.
- Burns must be attended at all times until fully extinguished. Permittees shall have at least one hand tool (shovel) readily available on the burn site. There must be a working telephone (fixed or cellular) readily available in case of emergency. Signed (authorized) permits will be in possession of the person conducting the burn.
- Permittees will notify Boulder County Communications 303-441-4444 and Coal Creek Fire Department 303-642-9112 (leave a message if no answer) prior to beginning ignitions.
- Under no circumstance may permittees begin ignitions when a High Wind Warning or Watch, Fire Weather Watch, Red Flag Warning, or Burn Ban has been issued.
Slash Drop-Off Locations
While doing proper fire mitigation around homes here in Coal Creek Canyon is crucial, getting rid of the significant amount of slash that is generated can be challenging. Fortunately, there are several options to haul slash away and remove the material from your property.
Boulder County’s Nederland Sort Yard
The Nederland Sort Yard accepts a wide variety of forest material that can be dropped off free of charge.
Gilpin County’s Transfer Station
Gilpin County’s Transfer Station, located on Highway 119 in Blackhawk just north of Taggert’s gas station, accepts slash and small logs at no charge for Gilpin County residents.
Jefferson County Slash Collection Days
Jefferson County sponsors slash collection days at various locations throughout the summer, including a couple right here in Coal Creek Canyon – usually one at Coal Creek Fire Station 2, and one down in Blue Mountain.
Residential Building Planning & Permits
Residential building planning and permits can be acquired through your specific county. View information on your counties building permit:
Finding You in an Emergency!
Reflective address signs allow the fire department to quickly locate your home in the event of an emergency, when every second counts. Coal Creek Canyon Volunteer Fire Department is continuing its sale of green address signs.
The signs (made of 100% aluminum) measure 6″ w x 18″ h and come with pre-drilled holes and hardware for easy installation. White reflective, fade-resistant, address numbers appear on both sides of the sign. Each Reflective Address Sign costs $25 (including shipping). Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
If you have additional questions about the Reflective Address Sign, call 303-642-3121.
To order a sign, simply print out and complete the order form, then mail it with your check (payable to Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District) to:
Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District
P.O. Box 7187, Crescent Branch
Golden, CO 80403
Fire hydrants are located in Blue Mountain Estates sub-division, at the entrance to Coal Creek Canyon. Some are present near Plainview, and a few below Gross Dam.
Map Your Nearest Route To A Station
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely.
- Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
- To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
- For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
- Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
- Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
- Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
- Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape.
Portable Fire Extinguishers and Children
Rather than teaching children to operate fire extinguishers, it should be reinforced to children to get out and stay out when there is a fire. Children may not have the maturity to determine if a fire is small enough to small enough to be put out by the extinguisher. They may not have the physical ability or know how to respond if the fire continues to spread.
Fireplaces & Wood-Burning Stoves
Unlike metropolitan areas, Coal Creek Canyon does not have any restriction on indoor fire burning. If you’re a new homeowner be sure to have your fireplace inspected prior to burning and maintain annual chimney inspections.
It’s always a good idea to have several smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and a fire extinguisher inside your home. Remember carbon monoxide is a color- and ordor-less poisonous gas.
- On average, 430 lives are lost in the US to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire carbon monoxide incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine calls per hour.
- Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Follow these basics recommendations to reduce fire hazards:
- Refrain from burning wet, or unseasoned wood as it releases more smoke and ultimately an increase in creosote build-up in your chimney.
- As tempting as it is, don’t use your Christmas tree for firewood as they contain high levels of resin that can pop and increase your risk of a chimney fire.
- Don’t burn plywood, partical boards, chip boards, or treated or painted timber. The chemicals released can be toxin to you and your family and can cause corrosion in your chimney.
- Paper with colored ink, such as newspapers, magazines, and cardboard boxes release noxious, corrosive, or carcinogenic gases when burned.
- Fire accelerants or fire starters can cause your fire to heat at too high of temperature and increase risk for a house fire.
- Dryer lint can be a great fire starter, but also releases harmful toxins.
- Plastics release toxic chemicals, including hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, and heavy metals, that are dangerous for your health and bad for the environment.
- Dried-out drift wood may appear to be a good option, but can releases salt that is damaging to your fireplace and chimney.
- Coal and charcoal burn hotter than wood and can increase the alloted temperature of your fireplace. In addition, they release more carbon monoxide than wood.
Safety In Your Home
Advanced warning and planning are your best chance to get out of your home during a fire. Fire spreads rapidly and often times homeowners only have 1 to 2 minutes to escape. Smoke alarms should be on every floor and inside every bedroom. Create and practice an escape plan with the whole family. And make sure to test your fire alarms every month!
Checkout additional information on home safety!
Did you know?
Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage.
Propane & Gasoline
Did you know?
The leading equipment involving in propane gas home structure fires is a grill, hibachi, or barbecue?
Follow these safety tips with propane & gasoline:
- Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.
- Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home.
- Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home.
- Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts.
- Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when lighting a pilot.
- If you smell a strong odor of gas, leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home.
- Keep gasoline out of children’s sight and reach. Children should never handle gasoline.
- If fire does start while handling gasoline, do not attempt to extinguish the fire or stop the flow of gasoline. Leave the area immediately, and call for help.
- Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources (i.e., electrical devices, oil- or gas-fired appliances, or any other device that contains a pilot flame or a spark).
- Store gasoline outside the home (i.e., in a garage or lawn shed) in a tightly closed metal or plastic container approved by an independent testing laboratory or the local or state fire authorities. Never store gasoline in glass containers or non-reusable plastic containers (i.e., milk jugs).
- Store only enough gasoline necessary to power equipment and let machinery cool before refueling it.
- Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent.
- Clean up spills promptly and discard clean-up materials properly.
- Do not smoke when handling gasoline.
- Never use gasoline in place of kerosene.
- Use caution when fueling automobiles. Do not get in and out of the automobile when fueling. Although rare, an electrical charge on your body could spark a fire, especially during the dry winter months.
- Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors. Place the container on the ground before filling and never fill containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck.
- Follow all manufacturers instructions when using electronic devices (those with batteries or connected to an electrical outlet) near gasoline.
In a disaster, local officials and relief workers cannot reach everyone immediately. Help may not arrive for hours or days. You and members of your community need to be prepared ahead of time.
Most disasters are natural disasters, the result of some force of nature, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Some natural disasters can be predicted, such as hurricanes and severe winter storms, while others, such as tornadoes and earthquakes, happen with little or no warning. Some disasters are the cause of human actions, intentional or unintentional. A disaster plan will help with safety, security, and comfort. Regardless of the type of disaster, there are things you can do to prepare.
Preparing for natural disasters
- Discuss what to do in an evacuation, and don’t forget to include the needs of those with disabilities.
- When told by officials, go immediately to a shelter as instructed or to the home of a friend or relative who lives out of the area. Find out about your local shelters beforehand.
- Know evacuation routes. Pre-establish several different routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed. (See routes in & out of the canyon)
- Family members can become separated during an emergency. Be prepared by creating a plan for how to reach one another. Establish an out-of-area contact (such as a relative or friend) who can coordinate family members’ locations and information should you become separated. Make sure children learn the phone numbers and addresses, and know the emergency plans.
- Quiz children every six months so they remember what to do, where to go, and whom to call in an emergency.
- Decide how to take care of pets. Pets are not allowed in places where food is served, so you will need to have a place to take your pets if you have to go to a shelter.
- Post emergency phone numbers (fire, police, ambulance, etc.) by the phone.
Flooding is the most common and widespread of all natural disasters. It can happen anywhere and at anytime, with devastating results to life and property. See Coal Creek Canyon Flood in… (link to our page).
Inland, floods can occur in valleys, near rivers and streams, and even in small creaks and dry streambeds. Flooding along rivers can occur seasonally. Rains that come in winter or spring combine with melting snow can quickly fill river basins beyond capacity. In urban areas, land loses its ability to absorb rainfall as fields are converted to roads. When this happens, streets and roadways become swift-moving rivers. It’s important to know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
Find out the elevation of your property to determine whether forecasted flood levels are likely to affect your home. Move the main breaker or fuse box and utility meters above the flood level determined for your neighborhood. Move appliances and valuables out of basements or flood-prone lower levels. Learn how to shut off electricity, gas and water to your home.
Have a plan
- Develop an evacuation plan. Make sure family members know where to go in the event of a flood. The plan should include how family members will contact one another if separated. Establish an out-of-area contact (such as a relative or family friend) who can coordinate family members’ locations and information. Make sure children learn the phone numbers and addresses, and know the emergency plans.
- Prepare a family disaster supplies kit. Families with children should have each child create their own personal pack.
Be alert for flood indicators such as rapidly rising water and flooding of highways, bridges and low-lying areas. During a flood warning, take the following precautions:
- Evacuate to an area of higher ground immediately if advised to do so.
- Stay away from flooded areas, even if the water seems to be receding.
- Do not walk, swim or drive through moving water.
- Watch for snakes in flooded areas.
- Use flashlights instead of candles.
- Be aware of potential flash flooding.
- Keep an eye on children and make sure they don’t play around high water, storm drains, ravines, or culverts.
- Throw away food that may have come in contact with floodwater or perishable food that was not refrigerated at a safe temperature. Use water from safe sources (such as bottled water) until you know that your tap water isn’t contaminated. (Boiling, disinfecting, or distilling can purify water.)
- Before re-entering a home damaged from a flood: turn electricity off at the fuse box or main breaker until your home has adequately dried; check for gas leaks; examine your home for fire hazards; inspect the floors, doors, windows and walls for cracks or other damage to make sure the home isn’t in danger of collapsing.
The majority of the U.S. is at risk for severe weather, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Snowstorms, extreme cold, hurricane force winds, torrential rains and flooding, and lightning can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Preparing before a disaster strikes and knowing what to do during and after a storm will help ensure you and your family greatly reduce your risk for injury and damage to your home.
- Develop and practice an evacuation plan ahead of a severe weather event. Include a plan for pets and add any transportation routes and destinations in the plan. Prepare an emergency supplies kit for both family members and pets ahead of time to take with you. Be prepared to evacuate when authorities tell you to do so.
- Stay out of flood waters, if possible, and do not drive into flooded areas. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous.
- Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay away from the area and report any downed lines to authorities immediately.
- Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers and televisions, to prevent damage from surges caused by lightning strikes.
- If you evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.
- Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
- Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.