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BMFPD Ballot Issue 5A - General Operating Mill Levy Measure

Maryanne Kurtinaitis's picture

The November election will include BMFPD ballot issue 5A which proposes to increase the General Operating Mill Levy from 6.189 to 8.912. This tax increase would generate $150,000 per year for BMFPD to maintain our current level of services and restore Capital Equipment Funding.

The new mill levy rate would increase the property tax of a homeowner by about $108 per year for a home with a market value of $500,000. The supplemental water supply sub district mill levy would remain unchanged at 1.809 mills.


Ann Blonston for the BMFPD Auxiliary's picture

Last year, over 100 families in our district updated their home fire safety equipment - smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, CO detectors - and learned from our volunteer firefighters how to use a fire extinguisher on a real fire.

Join us this year - Sept 22 and 23 from 9 am to 4 pm - for extinguisher training, new equipment, and to meet some of your neighbors who volunteer with the Department.

SAT 9/22 Pine Brook Hills Station, 1905 Linden, 9 am to 4 pm

SUN 9/23 Boulder Heights Station, 50 Overlook, 9 am to 4 pm

Wildfire Danger "Are You Ready at a Moment's Notice?"

John Benson's picture

Once again the High Park Fire, Estes Park Fire, Waldo Fire in Colorado Springs and many other fires burning across Colorado, has taught us, we are not in control. Mother nature is in full control and we are at her mercy. 
Everyone has woken up to the smell of smoke in the mornings. This is especially bad on those with respiratory issues and infants. If you are having breathing difficulties, do not hesitate, DIAL 911 so we can get you the care you need. I know it is hot, but closing the windows and turning of air conditioning and fans can help reduce the amount of smoke that enters your home. 
If you see smoke or flames DIAL 911 immediately. The number one objective for us, is to crush the fire immediately before it has a chance to grow out of control.  
Unfortunately, the High Park Fire has claimed another life. Enough is enough, folks if you see a column of smoke or flames, do not wait for a emergency notification. "WHEN IN DOUBT GET OUT" . The emergency response community has been very lucky to this point that no emergency responders have lost their lives. There have been several close calls. When you receive the notice to evacuate, don't wait, don't stay behind to try and save a structure. Your lives are what's the most important. I know that everyone is probably tired of hearing me say this, but as the weather continues to get drier and hotter, and the fuels continue to loose fuel moisture's, and the grasses continue to cure out, the odds of additional resident fatalities and fire fighter fatalities increases tremendously. Let's not be one of the statistics from this years fire that everybody hears about for a while, or gets put on a shelf and then we forget all about it. BE PROACTIVE in your evacuation measures.
Looking long range, the trend does not get any better. So what does this mean to you: more

BMF Wildfire Status

John Benson's picture

Boulder Mountain Fire is on high alert with respect to wildfire potential and danger. Our crews and apparatus have remained “at home” (in spite of requests for resources to fight fires near and far) and are on high alert to respond to any fires in district. We are also working with our other Boulder County emergency response agencies to ensure that a proper response will provide for a quick knock down of any fire that may occur.

Our goal is to crush any fire, before it becomes a conflagration.

REMEMBER, IF YOU SEE SMOKE OR FLAMES DO NOT HESITATE… CALL 911. In the event that we do have a fire here in BMFPD, we want to know about it immediately. This means we can start suppression measures sooner rather than later. Remember to call 911, DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICES; there are often times when we are out of the office and any delay could be catastrophic. Calling 911 ensures the fastest response.

Also, as I have stated before, “If you see smoke and flames, when in doubt, get out”. Unfortunately, there has already been one death associated with the High Park Fire in Larimer County near Fort Collins. We don’t want that to happen here or anywhere else.

We are seeing dryer than normal conditions consisting of high temperatures, low relative humidities, very little moisture recovery at night, and very low fuel moisture levels. All that adds up to extremely high fire danger. Today (June 12, 2012) our fuel moistures are 8% in our 1000 hour fuels. What this means is if a fire gets started it is going to move rapidly and with a great deal of intensity. As of right now, this pattern appears to be sticking around for an undetermined period of time into the future.

The long range forecast shows above normal temperatures, lower relative humidities, and very little precipitation.

Please do not ignore any emergency evacuation warnings. Be prepared. Get your evacuation plan in order in case you get the call. Know what to pack up and where you plan on going. Hopefully you won’t need to use the plan, but having it in place should buy you some peace of mind. See the evacuation section of our website for more information and useful tools here.

You may have noticed the smoke from the High Park Fire has been drifting along the Front Range lately. This will most likely continue until firefighting resources get a handle on the fire. If you have respiratory issues, please stay inside and limit your activities outside.

BMF will provide updates with any further news or information.

District Wide Garage Sale a Huge Success

Ann Blonston for the BMFPD Auxiliary's picture

Thank you to everyone who donated and everyone that shopped at this year's Garage Sale.

Your participation allowed us to have our best event ever.

Close Call at the Lower Carriage Hills Gate

Bob Olliver's picture

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

Nina Griffin's picture

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

Webmaster Colfelt's picture

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)

John Benson's picture

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

Ann Blonston for the BMFPD Auxiliary's picture


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

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