Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District

Stretching nearly 60 miles up the Poudre Canyon, our district encompasses nearly 90 square miles. Communities included in the district are Poudre Park, Poudre City or Rustic, Spencer Heights and the Manhattan Creek area.

We have approximately 30 volunteers who respond to emergencies such as wildland fires, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, rafting and climbing accidents, and medical emergencies. These volunteers work out of four stations located in the communities above.

The district is a "Special District" governed by a five-member board of directors.

Updating Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District (PCFPD) is beginning the process to update our Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) originally written in 2007-2008. CWPPs are authorized and defined in Title I of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act passed by Congress on November 21, 2003. CWPPs are a critical step in becoming a fire-adapted community by conducting a community wildfire risk analysis, developing methods and actionable steps to reduce wildfire risk, and ensuring community involvement throughout the process. PCFPD and other members of the CWPP Core Team will be engaging with the community over the next several months to complete this needed update. If you would like to provide input to the core team, please complete this survey: SURVEY. Please continue to monitor the PCFPD's website for updates on this project.
Cache la Poudre Fire & Emergency Group

Cache la Poudre Fire and Emergence Group Board of Directors  Ralph Matzner (fundraising chair), Bette Blinde (treasurer), James Ingram, Becky McGraw (secretary), Ron Lonneman (president), and Brett Ridges.

Cache la Poudre Fire and Emergency Group, Inc., also known as CLPFEG, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was formed solely to raise and provide resources on behalf of the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District. This organization was established in 2001 by a group of canyon residents who were deeply concerned by the ongoing struggle the fire district faced for funding. It is governed by a six-person board of directors and has been instrumental in obtaining funds to build a new Station 4. 

AirMedCare Network

Because our district is in a rural area of Colorado we often have to send critical patients to the hospital via helicopter.

You never know when a medical emergency will arise. But when it does, time and access to world-class patient care can mean everything. That’s why an AirMedCare Network membership is so important. If you or your family have a medical emergency, this alliance of affiliated air ambulance helicopters and airplanes provides medical transport, dramatically reducing travel time to an emergency treatment facility.

Becoming an AirMedCare Network member is a good way to support the healthcare needs of you, your family, and your local community. AirMedCare membership base – the largest of its kind in the United States – helps us operate in areas where having a quick response to critical medical situations can save lives. For more information contact: www.AMCNRep.com/Amy-Scott.

If you sign up please use the following codes:
Enter GET code 150
Enter Track code 13820
Flooding Information

Flood Preparedness

Approximately 50% of the Cameron Peak burn scar is currently hydrophobic and will not absorb snowmelt or rain. With that in mind, there is a serious potential for flooding along the Poudre, its tributaries, and the dry washes that lead to it. Of particular concern to the County are the Laramie River Valley, Roaring Creek, Seven Mile Creek (Rustic), and the streams along Pingree Park Road and Buckhorn Road. The Sheriff’s Office has added another level to the Voluntary and Mandatory Evacuation notices, the new level is LEAVE NOW. To get automated alerts for your area sign up and NOCO Alerts or text “FLOOD2021” to 888777. The dams at the big reservoirs are not felt to be at risk but may see long-term effects from silt deposits. If you feel your house is in danger of flooding from runoff events, sandbags will be available the week of May 8 at various locations in the canyon. Take what you need, but please bring any extras back for your neighbors to use. Roll-off dumpsters are planned to be located in the area for debris removal, and when the decision is finalized, their locations will be shown on the map. Map to Dumpsters

After a fire, flooding often occurs. Information about the national flood insurance program can be found at: https://www.floodsmart.gov
In Memory of Buz Elden

Buz was a valued member of our fire department. He didn't live in the PCFPD district but spent the majority of his time working in the area. He joined our department after the High Park Fire. He’d drop whatever he was working on to help on a call.

Buz was quiet, intelligent, kind, and frugal. From floors to roofs and everything in between, he possessed a variety of construction skills and knowledge. When he built something, he built it to last. He would research the best way to build something or the best product to use. The Resource Center was one of his favorite places to shop for bargains. He would check for with them before buying something new. Also, he worked diligently on finishing Station 4. The beautiful window sills and baseboards were his handiwork and he completely redid the spackle on the walls because it wasn’t up to his standards. He put in extra outlets, too, and helped build the kitchenette and put down flooring.  A "Jack of all trades and master of most”. He took pride in his work, for sure. He was very innovative in finding ways to make things better or to do a job better. He built a contraption to lift the large sections of a metal building. It didn’t work quite the way he wanted it to, so over the weekend, he rebuilt it so it would more safely and easily lift the building sections.

Buz was a patient man. My dog, Callie, doesn't like new people, especially men. It took him two years of always being kind, and always having a piece of jerky to win her confidence. They ended up being buddies with Buz often sharing his lunch with her. He showed this patience with horses too. Buz's passion was riding horses. If there is a trail in this area, he has most likely ridden it and probably more than once. Happy trails to Buz…PC416.

Buz Elden



Ambulances and Lifeline Helicopter

Buz Elden