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Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District is located to the northwest of Boulder, Colorado. The volunteer fire department responds to structure fires, wildland fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents and other community disasters. This web site is provided by the fire department as both a source of community information about the fire district and as a means of communicating vital information to volunteer firefighters and medical responders.

Close Call at the Lower Carriage Hills Gate

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On Sunday, May 6, at about 7:15 AM a fire was reported to 911 just behind the Carriage Hills gate. A quick response by Boulder Mountain Fire and Boulder Rural firefighters quickly doused the fire. You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief. The dry winter has everyone on high alert.

After any fire is put out, its cause is always investigated as part of mopping up the scene. What started this fire? The night before, the electric gate had stopped working and people had to walk around the area where the fire was later found to force the gate open, so a human cause was suspected. However,

no specific cause could be pinpointed.

“Initially we could not find anything, but after racking my brain, I was back out looking to see if I could find,” said Chief Benson, who returned to the scene hours later. “When I traced the overhead wire, I was able to find a branch that was discolored next to some exposed aluminum wire with the sheathing missing. I initially had to get my binoculars to discover this, and with the help of Mr. Pedersen of Carriage Hills and Xcel Energy, we found the electrical wire had been shorting out, causing drop down into the duff below.” Cause located and confirmed.

Basic cause of fire: wires that had been completely burned through, caused by a long period of time rubbing on the tree branch.

The wires have been repaired, the branch has been removed and the gate is working again. We suggest you inspect your own electrical power lines to make sure the same thing isn’t silently happening to you. 

Xcel on the Job Chief points to the problem

In the trees Burned cable and branch 

Looking for the problem 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Here is some great information about signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as steps that you can take to keep you and your family safe from this deadly gas. Carbon monoxide is a very serious issue, and can be dangerous. Please ensure that you have carbon monoxide detectors, and that they are in proper working order. 

Please read it, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.

Stay Safe,

Captain Nina M. Griffin

Medical and Safety Officer

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District

BMFPD Web Site Has a New Look for 2012

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We've made a cosmetic change to the look of the BMFPD web site for 2012.

Please observe a moment of silence to remember the beloved "flame-orange" theme we used from 2008 - 2011. This was a really great look for a site related to fire.

If your reaction to the new look isn't instantly positive, give it a while. We've been testing this look for some time, and the #1 reported effect of the new color scheme is "it just makes me feel more relaxed."

Thank you and Emergency Call Back Issues (evacuation notices)

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From: John Benson  –  Fire Chief  –  Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District

First off I want to thank the citizens of Boulder Heights who assisted in trying to put out the spot fires along Deer Trail Road on November 12, 2011. I know that the winds did not cooperate by any means, and all of you worked diligently in heavy smoke conditions to prevent another Old Stage and Four Mile Fire. Your efforts did not go unnoticed. ON BEHALF OF BOULDER MOUNTAIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE. 

Mountain Expressions Sale benefits BMFPD

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Neighbors,

The 38th Annual Mountain Expressions Art + Craft + Bake Sale is coming up!

Sat Nov 19 hours: 10 - 5

Sun Nov 20 hours: 12 - 4

Station One at 1905 Linden Dr will be transformed for the event. Please join us for free hot cider and punch. You'll find lots of scratch-baked goodies, fine art and hand-crafted items for any gift-giver's budget.

A downloadable poster - forward it to your friends! - and info about the artists is available at mountainexpressions.org

BMFPD AUXILIARY FIRE SAFETY STORE OPEN ONLINE

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The recent Fire Safety Sale was a great success, with over 100 district residents updating their fire extinguishers, smoke and CO detectors and reflective house numbers.

Products are still available online, so even if you missed the sale, you didn't miss an opportunity to update your home safety equipment at below-retail prices.

 

Order and pay online, and we'll be in touch to arrange a time for you to pick up your items at the fire station in Pine Brook Hills at 1905 Linden. You'll also be able to drop off old fire extinguishers for FREE recycling.

 

Auxiliary sponsors first ever Fire Safety Sale

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The BMFPD Auxiliary is pleased to welcome our district neighbors to the Fire Safety Sale this weekend, an opportunity to learn about household fire risks, learn how to use fire extinguishers, and update all home fire safety equipment from extinguishers to detectors.

Those super-reflective house number kits that first responders rely on to help you in an emergency are also for sale. This is so critical - if your numbers disappeared over the years, PLEASE replace them.

 

Letter to the US Forest Service regarding fires in the Left Hand Shooting Area

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Attached is a letter to the US Forest Service regarding BMFPD's position on recent fires in the Left Hand Shooting Area.

Click the file below to view the letter.

 

Vehicle Familiarization Attendance Report ( PDF )

Fourth of July BMFPD Patrols

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BMFPD wishes all residents and visitors a happy and safe Fourth of July. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office has issued a Fire Ban for this area, and it includes FIREWORKS. You can visit www.bouldercounty.org/sheriff for further information on the Fire Ban.

Starting on Saturday, July 2, and continuing through Monday, July 4, the fire department will be patrolling the district. Station 1 will be staffed during these patrols. Fireworks or other fire activity can be reported by calling Station 1, 303-440-0235 and BMFPD will investigate. If you have any questions please call 303-440-0235.

Maxwell Fire Update (Lefthand Canyon)

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For Immediate Release, June 29, 2011

John Benson, Fire Chief Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District

BMFPD remains on high alert regarding the Lefthand Fire, which started Sunday evening. Per BMFPD officials citizens within the initial evacuation area are advised to stay vigilant and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.  BMFPD, Sunshine Fire, Boulder Rural Fire, Lefthand Fire and City of Boulder provided Structure Protections for homes along the northern edge of BMFPD's District, which included Peakview Road, Reed Ranch and Rembrandt.  Crews will continue to work the Maxwell fire. 

With the advancing 4th of July holiday weekend coming up, BMFPD will be conducting patrols throughout the weekend, temperatures will be hot, with little or no precipitation expected. If you see smoke we ask that you dial 911 immediately, so that we can have our crews respond quickly. 

If you have any questions please call 303-440-0235.

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