As many of you have already heard, the Lyons Fire Protection District is starting our community mitigation assessments in neighborhoods that are in our district. We are scheduling meeting with HOAs to get whole communities done this year, rather than individual homes to try to lessen the risk of wildfire as a community. As you know, everyone working together, helping our neighbors, is the best way to make each community more Firewise rather than doing it by individual home.
SCHEDULE YOUR COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT
We are very encouraged by the support we have received for this new approach and many communities have already scheduled their assessment. If you would like more information on this program, please have a representative from your community contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule an initial meeting on getting your community involved. We look forward to hearing from you. Wildfires are a great risk to our community, and we want to do everything we can to keep all our residents safe as the height of wildfire season approaches.
BALLOT / ELECTION
You may have seen your ballot for our upcoming election delivered to your homes in the past week. If you attended the telephone town hall meeting last month, you are aware that our fire district has a few critical issues that we need to address in the future to make sure we are prepared to respond to increasing call volumes, and severity of our significant wildfire increase.
I have been contacted by many residents with questions about the election ballot, the impact it will have on our residents, and many requested the Factual Statement about our challenges in the future. I would like to encourage everyone to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions that you would like answered before the election deadline of May 3rd.
We are all stronger together! We can make our communities stronger, and safer, if we work together to minimize the challenges we are facing!
……………..Fire Chief Peter A. Zick
==The entire recording of the telephone town hall event, can be found here: www.lyonsfire.org. (dropbox)
==The entire written statement can be found here: www.lyonsfire.org (square space)
1. increase in wildfires, and other emergency incidents, create higher demand for services
2. more life support personnel needed
3. property tax increase (pro’s and con’s)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This was posted on Facebook / Lyons Happenings:
VOTE/FIRE DEPT==someone asked about a ballot they got in the mail for the two positions being voted on and an official responded: Heather Ella Koertgen – I am the Designated Election Official for the Election. There was a misprint on the ballot envelope and, per legal counsel, we are recommending people cross off number 1 prior to signing. The current Board Members are running unopposed, but their term is up this year and we are required to hold an election as a Special District. Both Chief Zick and I are happy to answer questions. Please email either of us: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Ballots can be dropped off at Station 1 by appointment prior to May 3, or on May 3 from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Larimer County Assessor to survey 37E fire properties======Properties in the recent 37E fire burn area were be surveyed by staff from the Larimer County Assessor’s Office last week. Assessor staff will be in the field during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Larimer County vehicles and equipped with Larimer County ID cards for identification purposes. “The property survey will ensure property owners receive fair and equitable valuations from damage caused by the fire,” said Larimer County Assessor Bob Overbeck. “Our thanks go out to the hard work by the first responders, and thus far, no damages to buildings have been reported.”
4/27/22 UPDATE on E37 FIRE From Chief Zick
I want to update everyone as to the status of the 37e fire that effected our community.
As of 0800 this morning, I moved the status of the fire from contained to under control. The Lyons Fire Protection District has been diligent in checking the burn area three times per day over the last two weeks to assure that we were able to mop up any hotspots that we found. We have not found any in the last week and had an aircraft fly over the burn area with equipment that can detect any heat in any areas that we cannot see. After the flyover, it was determined that no heat existed and I felt it was appropriate to move the fire into a controlled status.
With that, let’s continue to be diligent in preventing fires from starting as we continue to experience warmer weather and the threats of wind. Both Larimer and Boulder Counties are going to continue with fire bans in the future, and I am in full support of this. It is my hope that both counties agree on what level of restrictions to put into place. If that is not the case, the Lyons Fire Protection District will be proactive and set fire restrictions for our district.