Boulder County, Colo. – Sheriff Joe Pelle, after consultation with the Town of Lyons and the Lyons Fire Protection District, has concluded that, in the interest of public safety, the Saint Vrain creeks and river will be closed to tubing and single chamber flotation devices.
The closure will take effect immediately and will encompass the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks and the Saint Vrain River from the western county line through the entire length of Boulder County. Sheriff’s deputies will be posting notices, advising recreationists of the closure.
The South Platte River Basin high snowpack is expected to melt quickly with the forecast high temperatures next week and cause the creeks and river to continue to rise and exceed the Cubic Feet per Second (CFS) threshold needed for a tubing ban. As of today, the Saint Vrain River was flowing at approximately 1,000 CFS.
The closure includes watercraft such as single chamber rafts, single chamber belly boats, and inner tubes from floating in the creek. There is a specific exemption for kayaks and white-water canoes, which are permitted; nonetheless, kayakers are strongly encouraged to exercise caution and wear personal protection equipment including a life jacket.
The sheriff is authorized to close waterways under Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 33-13-111. Violations of the closure are a class 2 petty offense and will result in a $100.00 fine.
Deanna L. Ryen
Lyons Fire Protection District
Lyons Fire will remain on the fire today and tonight. Smoke will be visible throughout the day. The fire is contained at this point but not out.
Will post another update this evening while continuing to monitor the fire.
The 1.6 acre fire is located west of Chimney Hollow on the eastern side of Blue Mountain in the Larimer county portion of the Lyons Fire Protection District. Lyons Fire will have several engines and crews staying on the fire this evening. We currently have a line around the fire but still have active fire burning in the center. Smoke and flames will be visible this evening. Fire is contained at this time but not out. We will post updates if anything changes and will give updates tomorrow.
Lyons Fire, Larimer County Fire agencies, and helicopter air support are fighting a small grass fire near Carter Lake. Will update as information becomes available.
Lyons Fire Protection District Receives Improved Rating from ISO
Effective December 1, 2016, the service area for the Lyons Fire Protection District has received a Public Protection Classification of 3/10 from the ISO. This is a significant improvement over our previous ratings. The classification of 3 applies to the entire Town of Lyons and all properties in the fire district that are within 5 road miles of one of the two fire stations. The classification of 10 applies to all properties in the fire district that are more than 5 road miles of a fire station. Please note the address of the new Fire Station #2 is 1250 County Road 37E.
Homeowners are to contact your insurance company to find out if this new rating change might decrease your insurance premium, although not all insurance companies use the ISO Public Protection Classification directly in their pricing structure.
ISO evaluated the Lyons FPD during 2016 and assessed our structural firefighting capabilities, including response time, water supply, firefighting equipment, training and communication. The PPC rating of 3 was only achieved by 11% of departments nationwide and 27% of departments in Colorado. This improvement is a direct result of a lot of hard work on the part of Chief Hoffman and your volunteer firefighters and is also a reflection of the investment the community has made in modernizing and maintaining our equipment and fire stations.
There are multiple accidents, power lines down, and roads being closed due to the icy conditions. If you are out, please be extra careful getting home. If you are home, please remain there.
North St Vrain is open. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
There is an accident on Hwy 36 (N St Vrain) between mile marker 13 and 14. Pinewood Springs Fire and Lyons Fire are on scene. Lyons Fire is currently rerouting traffic up Highway 7 at the intersection of 5th and Main. Those who reside beyond 5th and Main and below the accident zone will be allowed to go to their homes. We will update here when the highway is reopened.
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Parks & Open Space and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program plan to conduct a prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch sometime between Oct. 12 and 31. The first attempt will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, weather permitting, but could take place any day in the defined burn timeframe. Updates will be posted to the website and sent to the email list (see below).
Heil Valley Ranch will be closed completely for up to 14 days during active ignition operations. Specific areas will reopen as soon as it’s deemed safe to do so by fire personnel.
Fire personnel plan to burn up to 400 acres during this project, which includes completing the 2016 Wapiti 2 Prescribed Burn and reentry into the 2014 Wapiti Prescribed Burn. (Map link)
To determine if conditions are suitable for ignitions, fire managers assess fuel moisture levels and continuously monitor current and projected weather forecasts. Weather considerations include wind, temperature, relative humidity and air quality. Conditions have to meet certain criteria in order for the prescribed burn to proceed. Fire personnel will stop burning if weather conditions change and don’t allow for a safe operation (gusty winds), or the situation becomes unsafe. Weather and safety conditions are monitored constantly.
The forests present today at Heil Valley Ranch have had fire suppressed for the last 150+ years which has resulted in a buildup of fuels. These areas used to see fire on a more frequent interval before these suppression efforts.
A portion of the Wapiti project that was prescribed burned in 2014 is targeted for another treatment with fire this fall. Implementing prescribed fires on a regular interval can continue the efforts to further reduce the amount material created during forest restoration projects and provide a landscape that resembles pre settlement reducing the possible event of a catastrophic wildfire.
Command of the 25 acre fire has been transferred back to Lyons Fire. While it is 100% contained, smoke may be visible in the area. Lyons Fire will continue to patrol and monitor the area through the next 3 days.
Thank you to the agencies that assisted today: Larimer County and State of Colorado
We will provide an update when more information becomes available.