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Larimer County Fire Restrictions Open Fires/Fireworks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Larimer County, Colorado –As of noon today, a ban on open fires for the unincorporated portions of Larimer County goes into effect. Also in effect, a ban on use of fireworks and public fireworks displays are also restricted but for a specific portion of the unincorporated area:

  • the unincorporated area west of County Road 19 (Taft in Fort Collins & Wilson in Loveland), or west of County Roads 21 or 23 where County Road 19 does not exist;  and, north of County Road 60, or north of County Road 58 where County Road 60 does not exist. MAP:  http://larimer.org/bcc/130625/06252013Fireworks%20Restrictions.pdf

The restrictions are set to expire on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. Today’s restrictions were based on a recommendation from the Larimer County Sheriff’s office.


RESTRICTED TODAY: 

  • Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires.
  • Smoking in the open is not allowed under these restrictions.
  • No fireworks or fireworks displays (in the mapped area) are allowed under these restrictions.
  •  No agricultural burning is allowed under  these restrictions.

NOT RESTRICTED TODAY: Contained open fires are not restricted at this time.

  • Contained Open Fires mean fires in permanently constructed stationary masonry or metal fireplaces specifically designed for the purpose of combustion.
  • The use of internal or external combustion engine with a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order and meeting published standards.
  • Fireplaces or wood stoves located inside permanent structures.
  • Fires in commercially operated wood and/or charcoal fired grills designed for cooking.
  • Charcoal fired grills when used at a private residence and located on a non-combustible surface of at least ten feet in diameter.
  • Fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid,

The Sheriff may give limited exemptions from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection.

Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions can be fined. The County’s complete ‘fire ordinance’ is available at: http://www.larimer.org/policies/. Individual restrictions such as these spell out which items from the ordinance are allowed and not-allowed.

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Wildfire in Eagle Ridge Area

We had a wildfire last night in the Eagle Ridge area above Stone Canyon. We worked on the fire until about 1 am this morning and again starting at 6 am. The fire is now contained we will continue to monitor the fire through the rest of today and tomorrow due to high temp and winds. Please be aware of our high fire danger. We now have 3 major fires burning in Colorado. The fire last night and today that we were on was approx. 1 Acre. We will continue to try and keep everyone posted!
Chief Hoffman

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CWPP Again This Summer

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Lyons Fire will begin hosting community CWPP once again this summer. We will advertise these meetings via our facebook page, in the local papers and at Lyons Town Hall as well as reach out to some of the road boards and contacts we have established in some of these neighborhoods to help spread the word.

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Remember to keep a watch for these meetings. We held one meeting last year with the residents of Spring Gulch. Our Goal will be to hold meeting for residents in Lyons Park Estates, X Bar7, Blue Mountain, North St. Vrain, South St. Vrain, Eagle Ridge, Steamboat Valley, and Lyons Town proper. We would like to have all these community awareness meetings completed this year. Unfortunaley due to the amount of Wildfires we had in 2012, we had to postpone these. We are hoping that we will have time this year to get most of these meetings taken care of,, but Fire comes first!

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Burn Awareness Week is February 3-9

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[cell_text]National Burn Awareness Week is February 3-9. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control joins fire and life safety educators across the state in reminding parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries. Children also can be seriously injured by hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.
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[cell_text]This year’s focus of Burn Awareness Week is preventing scald burn injuries… [/cell_text]

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DFPC Press Release 2013/02/02
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Grant For Fire Mitigation

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[cell_text]Lyons Fire Protection District has received a 50/50 matching grant for fire mitigation from the Colorado State Forest Service. Please contact us to set up a time to come look at your property and provide an estimate. Our Full time mitigation crew is on hand to help residents deal with wildfire mitigation. These grant funds are limited so we encourage residents to take advantage of these funds before they run out! This grant can pay up to $875/ per acre back to the homeowner. Contact 303-823-6611 and leave a message under the fire mitigation extension, someone will contact you to provide information on how the grant work’s, estimated prices and timelines! [/cell_text]

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Chief Hoffman

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Chief J.J. Hoffman, a Colorado native, is a forth generation firefighter in his family. J.J. has spent his whole life around the “fire business” He has worked both as a volunteer firefighter as well as a paid firefighter over the last 24 years of his life which included working as a regional wildland firefighter for many years, battling wildfires in numerous states across the U.S. He started his own landscape business that he ran for 20+ years that turned into one of the most desired companies in Boulder County and surrounding counties throughout the state. He was very well known for building natural water falls, including lakes and streams as well as outdoor patios and walls.

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He has had a very event full life besides firefighting, for many years he worked as an international sales agent selling horses oversees, some of which became world champions in the European market place. He has spent his entire life in a ranching and farming environment and surrounded by horses all his life, for which many years he showed horses all through the United States. He has also spent most of his life –self teaching himself to be a “jack of all trades” so to speak and only a master of a few, ha ha!!!

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He really enjoys the outdoors, including hunting and fishing. He is finally engaged after 10 years, with someday… maybe soon hopefully (his fiancée would tell you) popping the question!

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Pursuing a life in the fire industry- J.J. is a graduate from different classes at the National Fire Academy in Maryland, as well as numerous other areas in the field such as fire investigation, extrication, EMS, Incident Command and Management, fire suppression, rescue and many more!

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J.J. has enjoyed all the years in the fire service serving along side the brotherhood and sisterhood family that he has gained and looks forward to many more eventful years to come!

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[cell_text]Chief (far right) discusses the dangers of mountain driving and motor vehicle accidents, such as this accident on the North Saint Vrain[/cell_text]

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