Friday, October 5, 2012 www.estesparknews.com
Slash Collection At Stanley Park Fairgrounds
Wanted slash! Free! The Estes Valley
Fire Protection District will once again
be providing a slash collection site to assist
individual residents, not commercial
locations or businesses, get rid of slash
they have accumulated as they have improved
defensible spaces around homes.
Due to space limitations, we will not be
accepting any bags or piles of yard debris
(needles and cones) or slash from commercial
Residents of the Estes Valley Fire Protection
District can bring slash to the
Community Drive entrance of the Stanley
Park Fairgrounds on Saturdays: October
20 th , 27 th and November 3 rd , only,
from 9:00-1:00. Turn left as you enter the
fairgrounds and the site will be directly
Slash consists of tree trimmings, small
tree trunks, and shrubs that have been
On September 27, 2012, the Estes Valley
Fire Protection District Board of Directors
and Fire Chief Scott Dorman
held a board retreat at the historical
Mountainside Lodge, Estes Park Center
YMCA of the Rockies. Evan Goulding,
former president of the Colorado Special
Districts Association, facilitated the
meeting between District Board Members
President Sue Doylen, Vice President
Frank Theis, Treasurer Doug Klink,
Jack Rumley, Mark Igel and the EVFPD
Fire Chief Scott Dorman. Board Secretary
Suzanne Landkamer was also present.
The retreat was held to allow
the board to discuss a
number of issues facing the district,
which the board has not
had time to fully explore at regular
One issue discussed was the
perception by some inside, and
outside, the department that
the district is moving towards a
paid firefighting force. In order
to clarify the board's position
on this issue, the EVFPD Board of Directors
unanimously adopted the following
The Estes Valley Fire Protection Dis-
removed to create or improve defensible
space around structures. Fire fighters appreciate
all the work property owners do
to reduce wildfire hazards as they cannot
take the time to do that work when a
wildfire threatens an area.
Here are some actions property owners
can do to create defensible spaces.
* Thin continuous tree and brush cover
around all structures.
* Clean out gutters and roof areas
where pine needles collect regularly.
* Clean pine needles and other debris
from under decks and in corners of
* Mow grass and weeds around structures
to prevent flames from reaching it.
* Prune tree branches to a height of 8-
10 feet to eliminate the possibility of fire
reaching the branches
Estes Valley Fire Protection
District Board Retreat 2012
trict will continue to maintain a force of
volunteer firefighters supported by a
paid administrative staff.
The Board of Directors, along with
Chief Dorman, express their gratitude to
both Mr. Goulding and the Estes Park
Center YMCA of the Rockies for the use
of this historic landmark as a backdrop
for meaningful discussion, planning and
goal-setting. The EVFPD is looking positively
into the future of providing the
Estes Valley with excellent services,
while planning for the long-term sustainability
of the District.
Back row; Chief Scott Dorman, Vice
President Theis, Board member Jack
Rumley. Front row Treasurer Klink, President
Doylen, Board member Mark Igel.
EP NEWS/ Kris Hazelton
(ladder fuels) and burning the tree and
possibly reaching the structure.
* Remove any small tree or shrub from
under large trees to prevent fire from
reaching the tree branches.
* Stack firewood at least 30 feet away
from any structure.
* Post reflective house numbers at the
edge of the road so they are clearly visible
both day and night.
* Make sure the driveway is at least 12
feet wide and all tree branches are
cleared to a height of 14 feet to allow
emergency response vehicles safe access
to all structures.
For more information on creating defensible
space and additional safety
measures, contact: Sue Pinkham at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-577-3682.
RSVP Now For Fire
Interested fire survivors must RSVP by
Wednesday, October 10, for a free workshop
for High Park and Woodland
Heights Fire Survivors that takes place
on Friday, October 12.
The workshop, titled "Recovery, Healing
and Bouncing Back" will be facilitated
by Neil Rosenthal, Psychotherapist/Denver
Post columnist, who is also
a survivor of two fires. The Friday, October
12, workshop take place from
6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Larimer County
Courthouse Offices Building, 1 st floor
Hearing Room, 200 W. Oak Street in
Fort Collins. RSVP/Sign-up by Wednesday,
October 10 by calling Beverly
Miller in the Larimer County Commissioners
Office at (970) 498-7010.
Larimer County Courts and the District
Attorney's Office will be closed on
Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day.
All other County offices will be open.