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August 16, 2020 Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community, Holy Smokes! It is …

August 16, 2020 
 Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community, 
 Holy Smokes! It is ... 3

2020-08-16 13:15:40

August 16, 2020

Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community,

Holy Smokes! It is tough for all of us to be impacted by the Cameron Peak wildfire with the smoke that has rolled in across Windsor. The fire behavior is very aggressive, and at latest briefing it was reported that the fire was nearing 11,000 acres and zero percent contained. WSFR has sent two crews to the fire. Our last communication with the crews were that they have been assigned to structure. One of the crews could be gone as long as 14 days and the second crew, which is assigned night shift, could be a four or five day assignment. Fires like this one are very challenging to due to the topography, fuel types, warm temperatures and dry conditions. Let’s keep all the firefighters fighting wildfires across the state in our thoughts. The picture we shared this week is from one of our crews and you can see the very large flames in the canyon last night.

At our recent Board meeting, we proposed our 2021 budget. It is a fairly flat budget from 2020 as we have worked to prepare for some financial challenges ahead. The Board also approved holding an independent election in November to work to stabilize funding. We will be asking the voters to consider WSFR have the ability to not realize the impending reduction in the residential assessment rate. This would in essence not be an actual increase in your taxes; it would allow WSFR to continue to collect at the rate we are collecting at in 2020. I will be putting a separate article out later this week on the topic, so stay tuned.

Check out our Facebook page as we proudly welcomed five new volunteers to the WSFR family yesterday. We held a socially distanced badge pinning ceremony and are proud of these new team members who are ready to hit the streets and serve you and your family with professional service and compassionate care, as our mission statement states.

As a proud Rotarian, I get the opportunity to volunteer here and there. On Friday, our club worked with a great non-profit, Be The Gift, to help a single mother who needed help around her home. I got to try my hand at tile work and a few of us were able to complete a shower surround in by noon! Taking a little time out and helping others in need is such a boost to the soul. The Windsor Rotary Club is so committed to our community, and I am so glad I was able to help. Speaking of which, the club has committed to building, placing and stocking a few Little Free Libraries around town. If you know of a spot, comment below and we will connect offline and see how we can get one in a neighborhood near you soon!

If you have children, I am sure you are anxiously awaiting the start of school tomorrow. As we know this year, things will look a little different for a bit. In any case, it is always a good reminder to slow down and watch for kids at the bus stops and walking to school.

At the Kazian household we had a pretty fun week. The highlight is Cami got her driver’s permit. She is the last of my children I have to teach how to drive, and so far she is doing very well! Yesterday would have been Windsor’s annual Winefest, so in honor of one our favorite events, a few neighbors did a small pub crawl downtown last night. It was nice to go to dinner and get out and enjoy lots of laughs and a few libations. I also had my annual fire department physical last week. Does anyone know why the scale at the doctor’s office is always wrong? I am going by the scale at home and it is much more kind to me! According to my scale at home, I have gotten to my wedding day weight! Now I am afraid Kristy is going to want me to get six-pack abs next! It reminds me of one our favorite children’s stories, “If you give a mouse a cookie….” At any rate, we look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary this week and remembering all of the things life has brought over those two decades. There are so many great memories, some difficult and challenging times, moves to a few states, but most importantly it has brought us together as a family. In these times it can feel like family is all we have, and if that is all we have I am okay with it. Family is important and sometimes when the smoke clears, it is all you have. #LivingMyBestLife.

I am going to be transitioning these articles from Sundays to Fridays so be on the lookout later this week for an earlier edition. Remember to watch for kids as they go back to school, and be mindful of the poor air quality if you are outside or have breathing problems. Please keep our wildland firefighters in your thoughts as they work at the Cameron Peak fire. Stay safe and keep doing your part.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kris Kazian
Fire Chief
kkazian@wsfr.us
970-686-2626 X310


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