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.
- Ashes to Art Fundraiser
Ashes to Art Project to Benefit Volunteer Fire Departments
After Historic 2020 Colorado Wildfire
Online auction May 10–15 features artwork containing wildfire charcoal
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Artwork incorporating charcoal from the 2020 Colorado wildfires will be sold in an online auction to help fund the financially devastated local volunteer fire departments that worked to contain and extinguish the summer wildfires.
The 2021 Ashes to Art Project, co-founded in 2012 by Lori Joseph and Tim O’Hara after the High Park Fire, asked artists across the country to donate various forms of artwork including paintings, photography, textiles, woodworking, jewelry, sculptures and more to be sold in an online auction for charity.
All proceeds from this year’s auction will equally benefit the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District and the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.
Online bidding will begin Monday, May 10, and continue through the week until Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. (MST). Items can be viewed and bid on at the Bidding for Good website: www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=341697649.
Artwork from more than 80 artists from all 50 states will be represented. Works created by artists from Columbia, South America, and Great Britain are also featured this year. There will be approximately 100 pieces of art for sale.
For more information, contact:
Lori Joseph, Co-Founder of Ashes to Art — 570-337-3010
Tim O’Hara, Co-Founder of Ashes to Art — 970-218-5155
About Ashes to Art
The Ashes to Art Project, founded in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2012, is a way for the creative community to support the local firefighters who worked to protect the homes, lives, and families during the most devastating series of fires in Colorado history.
About the Fires
In 2020, fires raged across the state of Colorado, causing devastation never seen before in the state. Between the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, Mullen, and Pine Gulch fires, more than 700,000 acres burned across seven counties in Colorado. The Cameron Peak fire burned from August 13 until December 2, 2020, and covered 208,913 acres. The record-breaking 2020 wildfire season caused an immense amount of damage to homes and wildlands and required nationwide resources and support to control.
- 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 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 health care 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 150Enter Track code 13820
- Flooding Information
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 the 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 DumpstersAfter a fire, flooding often occurs. Information about the national flood insurance program can be found at: https://www.floodsmart.gov
- Clean-up After the Fire
1. Funding and assistance for private lands, roads, and property - the Long-Term Recovery Group has confirmed that they have both funding and volunteers that can help with private road damages from the fire, arranging contractors to help with household debris transport, and meet other financial needs. If you haven't already contacted them to determine what might be possible, please reach out at the following phone number: 970-232-1150
There were restrictions for federal assistance for some areas that are gated communities, but those restrictions do not apply for the Long-Term Recovery Group so please reach out.
2. Debris - Larimer County's debris contractor assessed the fire area and determined that moving trees to a mulching location will be difficult or impossible in some areas. Therefore, the county is changing the debris plan to chip the trees on site. Many property owners have actually requested this so I hope that it doesn't cause concern. The county will need Right of Entry permissions to conduct this work on private roads and lands so if you have not reviewed the form, please use the following link to sign or review. Right of Entry Form
This will be done for both roadway vegetative debris and stream debris. For those who have hazard trees in other places on their property, please contact the case management phone number above for volunteers who can help to remove those trees. If the county does not have permission from the landowner, they will have to leave the debris as is and leave the hazard trees in place for that specific property. If you need the form mailed to you, please contact Lori Hodges, Director, Office of Emergency Management, W: 970-498-7147 | C: 303-656-3214 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Insurance Question on Right of Entry Form - If you have insurance to help with clean-up and debris efforts, you should use that first, and then other programs can be available for whatever remains. The county will not be seeking reimbursement from homeowners for the work we do in the fire area.