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Christmas Tree Fire: Watered Tree vs. Dry Tree ... See MoreSee Less
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Please be safe this Christmas tree season! ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, families and our great community. Help our on-duty crews to have a safe shift by staying in the station while you cook with care and take care of each other! And a big thank you you to our law enforcement and EMS partners out there today-much appreciated! ... See MoreSee Less
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It's simple everyone-make sure your turkey is completely thawed out prior to putting it in the fryer. As much as we like you , we don't want to see you on Thursday!Enjoy the day with family and friends! ... See MoreSee Less
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11/23/21A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for the area, today, from 0900 - 1700. Gusty winds and low relative humidity will create critical fire weather conditions. Use caution when using heat sources and open flames outdoors, and discard smoking materials responsibly.www.weather.gov/bou/firewxfcstmap?zone=COZ221 ... See MoreSee Less
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For heavy outdoor winter chores, dress warm & work slow. Your body is working hard to stay warm, don't overdo it! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our thoughts and prayers to the family.........Following the tragic loss of an aerial firefighter on the Kruger Rock Fire yesterday, there have understandably been some very tough questions that we have been dealing with. Our office shared some specific details on the arial mission from yesterday. I would like to share some reflections as well.Wild land firefighting is an extremely noble endeavor. However, engaging and fighting wildfire will never be risk free. Whether we insert hand crews up on a mountain to dig fire line , send engine crews in to defend structures or we launch arial firefighters to attack from the air- we always face some level of inherent risk. In many ways, our job entails risk mitigation and management.As a Sheriff, every time I receive a page about a wildfire, I pause, because I know engaging it means putting firefighters into an increased level of danger. I never take that risk lightly, but I also take our duty to protect the lives and property of our community very seriously. It’s part of the reason I never ask our personnel to assume a risk I am not willing to assume personally. Following the devastating fires from 2012 through 2020, we continue to strive to find ways to more effectively fight the types of tires that we face in our high country today. Seeking ways to effectively suppress wildfires in low light conditions is one of those ways. Earlier today, we escorted FAA and NTSB investigators into the crash site so that they could begin their investigation into the cause and contributing factors to the crash and loss of life to the aerial firefighter / pilot of the craft. I don’t expect that they will have a final answer published before I leave office in 13 months.However, we will pore over the available information to try and understand how this brave and dedicated arial firefighter lost his life yesterday and how we can strive to avert such tragic loss in the future. His sacrifice and tragic loss deserve nothing less.Prior to the arrival of those federal officials, you need to know that LCSO personnel stood watch overnight with the remains of the pilot who lost his life yesterday. Shortly after daybreak, our brothers and sisters with Estes Valley Fire arrived and began the delicate job of freeing the pilot from the aircraft so that his remains could be escorted to the the Larimer County Coroner’s Office for autopsy. Assistance in the escort was provided by Loveland Fire Rescue and the Estes Park Police Department.The pilot, identified by CO Fire Aviation as Marc Thor Olson, is a tremendously talented and dedicated 30 plus year Air Force veteran with over 8,000 hours of flight time, including 1,000 hours of night vision flying. Marc is a true hero, first fighting to defend his country and then after retirement from military life, fighting to defend the lives and property of his countrymen at home.Over the years, Marc and his crew earned the trust and respect of fire professionals across Colorado. Despite his 40 plus years of flying experience, we never expected last night to be his final mission. However, today, we find ourselves in shock at his loss. Our prayers go out to Marc’s family and colleagues.The decision to employ air resources on any fire rests directly with me as the county sheriff. The loss of this pilot is nothing short of a tragedy.However, we must continue to do our job and deploy deputies and fire personnel to protect and defend our county- knowing the risks.Please join me in saluting this true American Hero for his service to our nation and our community. Godspeed my brother- we will see you on the other side! ... See MoreSee Less
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11/18/21A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect again for today from 1100 - 2300. Warmer temperatures, gusty winds, and low humidity will create critical fire weather conditions for our area. www.weather.gov/bou/firewxfcstmap?zone=COZ221 ... See MoreSee Less
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Tyler Lambert, Fire Chief

1010 Evergreen Heights Dr.
Woodland Park, CO 80863-3320

719.687.1866

Teller County Office of Emergency Management