A Message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian
September 5, 2020
Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community,
My intention was to give you all a break from my weekly post and we could all enjoy this wonderful holiday weekend. I am sure many of you are finding time to do wonderful things with family, friends and neighbors. We certainly want to remind you to enjoy Labor Day festivities in a safe and distanced sort of way. Tonight, my family and I are looking forward to the hot air balloons lighting up the dark sky over Windsor if weather permits.
We have just mobilized another crew of three WSFR firefighters in a Type 2 Fire Engine to help fight the Cameron Peak Fire. Last night as we went to bed, ash was falling all around us and we woke up to a crazy amount of ash on our cars, driveways and landscaping, it really drives the intensity of the wildland fires home. All of the fallout is from the Cameron Peak Fire which grew to 34,289 acres last night. For those of you keeping score, that is a run of nearly 10,000 acres since 2 p.m. yesterday. We find ourselves in a red flag weather conditions, so weather will be even more challenging for fire crews today and into Monday. I never thought I would say that snow in the first week of September is welcome, but the thought of 6–14 inches of snow over the fire area on starting Monday and into Tuesday will certainly help. The incident command team will have additional logistics to determine how to safely care for the 800-plus firefighters on scene in the below freezing temperatures they are facing.
There are many dangers during and after a wildfire. One of the concerns is with any precipitation over a recent wildfire area. Significant water runoff causes flooding and mudslides so there is a fine balance between just the right amount of water and too much water. Balancing concerns for contamination to the watershed and the disruption of the ecosystem downstream of a fire is a very complex situation that is constantly being monitored by those in command of the fire and for those who are working on mitigation strategies throughout and years after the incident is over.
Last night, there were several mandatory and voluntary evacuations near the fire, including heavily populated areas such as the community of Red Feather Lakes, Gould, and Crystal Lakes. We are likely expecting more evacuations today given the weather conditions. This is a very complicated fire based on its location and potential areas of spread. I have not heard of any structures being lost yet but I know the evacuations are concerning, and with the right conditions, the fire could continue to move quickly. Last report indicates the fire is only six percent contained.
As we enjoy our long weekend, think about the public servants such as doctors, nurses, police, EMS personnel, and firefighters; especially those on the fire lines battling all of the significant and dangerous fires across all of the western states, who are working over the Labor Day weekend. I also want to remind you of the cold snap that’s coming Monday night The two days of cold weather will bring much simpler challenges for us here in the Windsor-Severance area. Please think of things like disconnecting garden hoses so they do not freeze and burst your pipes and consider harvesting your garden before Monday evening. And while we could see a small accumulation, the temps do not look favorable for the snow to last very long so no worries there.
As a reminder, this is the weekend we would proudly be standing out there with our fire boots collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). We kindly ask that if you want to help us with our longstanding tradition in a COVID safe environment, you can donate by clicking the link below. WSFR firefighters thank all you who have joined us in helping make a difference in the lives of Jerry’s Kids and all those who benefit from the work MDA does. It is very special to live and work in such a generous and kind community.
Please engage with friends and family in a COVID safe way over this Labor Day Weekend and know WSFR is always here for you when you need us!
Due to shoulder work the northbound lane of Weld County Road 23 just south of W…
🚧 Due to shoulder work the northbound lane of Weld County Road 23 just south of Weld County Road 76 (near the Larimer and Weld Canal) will be closed on Wednesday September 30th, 2020 during daytime hours. Drivers can expect delays during peak traffic hours and may want to consider alternate routes. As always, please use caution in the project area, and observe traffic control signage and flagger instructions. 🚧
WSFR has 2 fire engines and 2 trucks working at the Cameron Peak Fire which grew…
WSFR has 2 fire engines and 2 trucks working at the Cameron Peak Fire which grew to over 120,000 acres. There were large wind gusts that pushed the fire this weekend. Our crews continue to work hard alongside the nearly 1,000 other wildland firefighters on the ground. Here are a few pics from the last few days. #cameronpeakfire
Tonight the 700pm hour proved quite busy for WSFR! 7:12 structure fire in the …
Tonight the 700pm hour proved quite busy for WSFR!
7:12 structure fire in the area of 23 and 80 Severance – working fire on arrival.
7:33 medical call in Windsor
7:53 cardiac arrest in Severance
As part of the structure fire response WSFR received assistance from Eaton and Ault to the scene, recalled off duty WSFR personnel and Loveland Fire Rescue Authority respond with an engine to cover Windsor station 1. LFRA ended up assisting on the cardiac arrest incident in Severance.
Units are still on scene at the structure fire but fire is under control at this time.
When incidents occur where they are labor intensive and extend beyond our capabilities, we utilize neighboring agencies to meet the incident needs and assist one another- like good neighbors do!