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For Immediate Release

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.

Maureen Davidovich
Vice President

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Feb 1 2017 Ice Storm

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.
Thank you,
Chief Hoffman

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Accident on North St. Vrain 12/2/2016

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.

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Prescribed Burn at Heil Valley Ranch Planned for Oct. 12

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.

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Dakota Ridge Fire UPDATE 9/20/2016

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.

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Dakota Ridge Area Fire UPDATE

The fire is approximately 25 acres and 35% contained. It is still an active fire with smoke in the interior. No structures lost or threatened. Larimer County took over the fire at 1:00 pm today. Lyons Fire Protection District will have crews monitoring and patrolling through the night and tomorrow morning.

Thank you to all the agencies that assisted today: Hygiene Fire, Left Hand Fire, City of Longmont, Mountain View Fire, Boulder Mountain Fire, Larimer County Office of Emergency Services, Boulder County Sheriff, Larimer County Sheriff, Rocky Mountain National Park, a single engine air tanker and a helicopter.

We will provide an update when more information becomes available.

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Hertha Ridge Wildfire Update

Update on wildfire burning near Carter Lake-The Hertha Ridge Wildfire near Carter Lake is 70+ acres with approximately 50% containment. Several SEAT drops have occurred and the Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) has flown the fire. No additional evacuation orders have gone out since the first voluntary evacuation order of 35 structures. According to Berthoud Fire, there are currently no residents at the evacuation site at the Berthoud Community Center but Red Cross remains on standby in the event conditions change.

Berthoud Fire has transferred command to LCSO. Operations are expected to continue throughout tonight and into tomorrow. Larimer OEM is providing logistical support as needed.

There may be a strong odor of smoke and smoke visible in the valleys up by Blue Mountain, X Bar 7, Spring Gulch and Grey Mountain and by our Station 2 location tonight and tomorrow morning until the plume lifts late morning. Lyons Fire will continue to monitor the fire and update as necessary.

Chief Hoffman