Jeffco Expands the Slash Program, Summer 2015

From Bailey Becker, Jeffco Public Information Office, 4/03/2015:

SlashAs we enter into the spring and summer, it is time to start spring cleaning our properties and clearing out our slash, which includes tree limbs, tree tops and pine needles. Doing this is essential to keeping our homes safe and the forests healthy in Jeffco.

You will be able to bring your slash to one of many collections that Jefferson County is offering this year. The slash collection program is expected to run every weekend, except July 4 and 5, from May 30 and 31 until October 24 and 25. Sites are being confirmed and will be announced on the slash web page.

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Twitter Chat, 4/7

From: “Cathy Prudhomme” <>
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:08:15 PM
Subject: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Twitter Chat – Tuesday, April 7

Wildland Fire Stakeholders,

Participate in next week’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Twitter Chat Tuesday, April 7 at 2pm EDT.  Using the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay the sixty-minute format will focus on projects that can be coordinated for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday, May 2 and America’s PrepareAthon Thursday, April 30.  The conversation will provide information on mitigation, communication and evacuation.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Wildfire Preparedness Day and America’s PrepareAthon projects and the available resources and ideas. Special guest participants include:

  • U.S. Fire Administration:  Phyllis Krietz, Fire Program Specialist, United States Fire Administration
  • America’s PrepareAthon:  Allison Carlock, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • U.S. Forest Service:  Pam Leschak, National WUI/FAC Program Manager
  • Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS):  Brent Henzi, Public Affairs Manager

Post these promotional tweets and get your stakeholders involved too:

  • Participate in the #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat – 4/7 at 2pm EDT and learn how you can accomplish something great!
  • Find your role in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day – People.Projects.Purpose. #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat 4/7 at 2PM EDT.
  • Learn how to make communities more wildfire resilient – #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat, 4/7 at 2pm EDT.
  • Be a local preparedness champion – plan a Wildfire Prep Day activity. Learn more in the #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat 4/7 at 2pm EDT.
  • Reduce your community’s wildfire risk with a PrepDay project.  Get mentored in the 4/7 #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat at 2pm EDT.

Demonstrate your commitment to wildfire preparedness by adding your May 2 activities to the nationwide project map.  It’s easy to do and illustrates the magnitude of grassroots risk reduction projects occurring throughout the U.S.

Cathy Prudhomme
Community Outreach Program Manager – NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division
6855 South Havana Street, Suite 180
Centennial, CO 80112

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C.A.R.E. Wildfire Mitigation & Grant-Writing Presentation


Kitty Pring, grant-writer extraordinaire, will be sharing her wildfire mitigation and the grant application process experience with us in just one week –on Tuesday the 24th of March, 7PM, at the Mount Vernon Country Club, in the 2nd Floor Board Room.

I hope you can join us — Kitty’s preso is interesting and full of valuable information. RSVPs are appreciated (we want to make sure we have enough coffee, seats and handouts for everyone). Please RSVP to

Warm regards,
Michelle Poolet, Board Chair
Doug Ford, Board Vice-Chair
Ken Custer, Board Secretary
Dick Bartlett, Board Treasurer


Foothills Fire Protection District – MEET THE CANDIDATES Forum 4/29/14

 Foothills Fire Protection District


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mount Vernon Country Club, 7-8pm

MEET THE CANDIDATES for Board of Directors

Three Candidates, Two Positions

Doug Kalish - Candidate for FFPD Board of Directors  Doug Kalish has 20+ years as a business management consultant for a multinational firm implementing finance and budgeting systems for government agencies. His background includes financial management, strategic planning, and stakeholder management. He lives in Idledale and his wife is a Foothills fire fighter. Doug also volunteers at a local animal rescue. Dave Robinson - incumbent and candidate for FFPD Board of Directors

 Dave Robinson is the incumbent and current President of the Board. He has lived on Lookout Mountain for 20+ years. His 30+ years of business leadership includes being a founding partner of BCER Engineering (now retired), working there for 20 years with 75 employees and earning $10M+ annual revenues. Dave contributes Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Code Interpretation and Construction Engineering advice to FFPD. Murry Wynes - Candidate for FFPD Board of Directors

Murry Wynes has been a FFPD volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for seven years. As an Army Veteran (‘87-‘93) and volunteer firefighter he has a strong commitment to serve the community. When not responding to an emergency, Murry uses his PhD in science as a project manager for a non-profit association fighting to conqueror lung cancer worldwide.


Board of Directors Election, May 6, 2014

Get your absentee ballot by contacting Brian Zoril, fire chief ( or Dick Bartlett, Board Member (, or by clicking this link to download: Application_for_Absentee_Ballot_FFPD.

 You can pick up and drop off your completed ballot at the Rainbow Hill Station, 28812 Rainbow Hill Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Directions: take I-70 west to Evergreen Pkwy exit south, west on Hwy-40 (First Bank & El Rancho intersection), north on Rainbow Hill Road, Rainbow Hill Station is on your left.



Foothills Fire & Rescue, Call for Volunteers

from Pati Stajcar, Foothills Fire & Rescue:

It’s me your friendly bulldog of a recruiter for Foothills Fire and Rescue.

It’s that time of year again, when we ask if you’re still interested in volunteering your valuable time to become a firefighter.

Our 2014 academy will be held from Sep to mid Nov this year. During and after academy we pair you with a mentor to make sure we’re getting the information to you in a way that is easy for you to understand and that you have fun doing it.

Just to remind you of a few points of interest, all trainings and gear are free, you can stand shift from your home (even while you sleep) and you’ll be helping your family, friends and neighbors in times of need. It’s a hobby that makes a difference.

We look forward to receiving your application for membership and a copy of your driving record from the DMV so we can schedule your interview as soon as possible. Our cut off date for receiving applications for membership is Jul 1, 2014 but please don’t wait till then. We want to make sure we have enough gear and study materials for you for the academy.

You can mail, email drop off or fax your application to me. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. Send or drop your application along with your DMV record to:

Foothills Fire and Rescue
28812 Rainbow Hill Rd
Evergreen, CO 80439
Fax 303 526 2225

CARE notification: JeffCo to test CodeRED system on March 5th

This article appeared in the Canyon Courier, 2/18/2014:

A test of the CodeRED emergency notification system will be conducted Wednesday, March 5, when a text, phone call or e-mail will be sent to every resident who is enrolled.  The testing should begin around 9AM and be completed by noon. Everyone who is registered with CodeRED and who lives in Jefferson and Broomfield counties, and parts of Adams and Clear Creek Counties, will be contacted.

CodeRED replaced the system and is used by emergency service providers to keep residents informed of incidents or crises.

If you’re not already signed up for this very important service, visit If you’ve changed phone numbers or email addresses, update this information on the same site.

For more information about CodeRED, call the local fire, police or sheriff’s department on a non-emergency line:

•  Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 303-277-0211

•  Evergreen Fire/Rescue, 303-674-3411

•  Golden Police Department, 303-384-8045

•  West Metro Fire Rescue, 303-989-4307

Governor’s Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force

The Governor’s Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force appeared in the Denver Post last fall:

The Task Force has produced an 80-page report, which is located at

If you’re not comfortable clicking on the shortened link above, copy this entire and paste it into your browser:

We all need to keep an eye on this one. I have not yet had a chance to read the report.  If there’s anyone on this distribution list who’d like to take lead on the review, please let us know.

Jefferson County clarifies the use and possession of fireworks

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From the  Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, E-mail Alert: Jefferson County clarifies the use and possession of fireworks

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office would like to clarify Colorado law as it applies to the use and possession of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County.

A good rule of thumb: any device that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in Colorado.   Illegal fireworks include but are not limited to firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, M-80’s and Roman candles.  It is illegal to sell, use or possess non-permissible fireworks in unincorporated Jefferson County.  Additionally, all fireworks are prohibited in Jefferson County Open Space Parks, Denver Mountain Parks and Forest Service lands.

Colorado law defines permissible fireworks as any device that does not explode or leave the ground.   Examples of permissible fireworks are cylindrical or cone fountains, sparklers, toy smoke devices, snakes and glow worms.  Keep in mind; while permissible fireworks may seem harmless, they continue to account for many fireworks-related injuries each year.

To report illegal fireworks, residents may call the Jefferson County fireworks hotline at


Jefferson County deputies will strictly enforce illegal fireworks violations in the unincorporated areas of the county this coming holiday. Any person who violates the laws pertaining to the sale, possession and use of fireworks commits a class three misdemeanor and may face a fine of up to $750.  For more information on fireworks safety, visit our Web site at  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a happy and safe Independence Day.

Chair Rock/Lime Gulch Fire-Buffalo Cr Area(100% Contained)

Information on the Lime Gulch (Conifer) fire changes constantly. I recommend you click into the forum for the latest news, especially if you plan to travel in that area today.

NOTE: according to the Denver Post and, a small wildfire has started this afternoon near Strontia Springs Reservoir. The Waterton Canyon trailhead is closed.