Release Date: August 14, 2012
Canon City Fire District News Release
Canon City FD to rescind fire restrictions in the District
The Canon City Area Fire Protection District, and the City of Canon City, will rescind the fire ban restriction beginning on Tuesday August 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm. This will be in coordination with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office also rescinding the County fire ban restrictions. Ongoing fire and weather conditions will continue to be monitored and assessed to determine the need for any future increase in fire restrictions.
Open burning permits are required and available from Fire Station 1 at 1475 N. 15th St., and Fire Station 2, 1349 Elm Ave. For more information on the required permits or open burning, call the main fire station at 275-8666.
District residents can find the Fire Ban restrictions on the Canon City Fire District website, www.canonfire.org, or by calling 719-275-8666. Residents may also find the County Fire ban restrictions at the Fremont County website, www.fremontco.com, or by contacting the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 719-276-5555.
Release Date: April 5, 2012
Fire department launches new program to brace for wildland fires
By CARIE CANTERBURY canterburyc@ cañoncitydailyrecord.comcanoncitydailyrecord.com
Posted: 04/05/2012 08:06:33 AM MDT
Cañon City Area Fire Protection District Fire Fighter Ready, Set, Go! Program Coordinator Kevin Evans talks about their wild land fire fighting equipment they carry on their trucks Wednesday at Fire Station One. Evans will be presenting their Ready, Set, Go! programs to community members in upcoming classes in an effort to help home owners prepare their property for a wild fire. (Jeff Shane/Daily Record)
A fire can strike anytime, anywhere. While a wildland fire can be devastating to the environment and nearby structures, there are steps homeowners can take to save lives and property through advance planning.
The Cañon City Area Fire Protection District, in partnership with the local Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service offices, is launching a new "Ready, Set, Go!" program designed to help residents successfully prepare for a wildland fire.
"The Ready, Set, Go! program focuses on getting homeowners that are in our wildland urban interface areas more prepared if a fire starts," said firefighter Kevin Evans, program coordinator. "It gives the chance of not losing as many homes, it talks about creating defensible space around the homes and the different zones for that."
The "Ready" part of the program prepares homeowners for fire threats, such as hardening the home with fire-safe construction measures.
"The 'Set' is having situational awareness," Evans said. "Having the awareness to know that there is a fire that has started and doing some things like bringing in the combustible patio furniture form outside into the house and getting your car and personal paperwork ready to go if you get an evacuation order."
"Go" entails leaving and leaving early.
"Not always waiting for an evacuation order because it is safer for the homeowner and it's safer for us as responders going up in there," Evans said. "Especially the initial area we are targeting -- there are two ways in and that's it."
Fire Chief David DelVecchio said the recent Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County is a good impetuous for the kick off of the Ready, Set, Go! program, which is developed in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association.
"We want to start with the highest hazard areas in our district that are hazards in our area that are most vulnerable and go from there," Evans said.
Participants will watch a short video and receive a Wildland Fire Action guide. DelVecchio said two more presentations are being planned for later this spring.
For more information, call Evans at 275-8666.