Message from the Chief
As we go into the second half of the year Assistant Chief Dan Knox will take over as the Acting Chief for Chief Jones as he steps aside to complete a contracting job in Wescott. Dan will conduct his Acting Chief position with all the responsibilities and authority to perform the Chief duties. Dan Knox and his wife have lived in the Glacier View area for twelve years and he has been a member of the Glacier View Fire Protection District for six years. He is an EMT both by profession and as a volunteer for Glacier View Fire District. Chief Jones will continue as the project manager for the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
So, what is happening with the CWPP in the next year?
Glacier View Fire District is pleased to announce a major effort to address the wildfire threat in our District. The center piece of this effort will be the development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). This is a 12-month project beginning this month. We have contracted with the Ember Alliance to produce this plan. It will be funded primarily from donations received from the Cameron Peak Fire last summer.
The goal of our CWPP will be to help us all create a safer and more resilient community to wildfire. The High Park Fire in 2021 and the Cameron Peak Fire last year clearly illustrate the threat wildfire poses to our District. The Ember Alliance staff, formally with the Forest Stewards Guild, have much experience with CWPPs in Colorado. One of their most recent projects was with the Genesee Fire District. This plan and the process used to produce it are on the Genesee website at https://geneseefpd.colorado.gov/.
The GVFD planning team is comprised of GVFD project manager Warren Jones, Assistant Chief Peter Henderson, Board Vice-President Randy Golden and Board member Bill Salmon. The Ember Alliance project manager is Corrina Marshall.
The first step in this process is data collection. As prime stakeholders, we are asking all the home owners associations to help us compile information on values at risk from wildfire. These include office buildings, maintenance buildings, storage yards, and commercial fuel storage. They also include water and sewer facilities, and other equipment critical to providing services to our communities.
A major portion of the CWPP will be focused on emergency evacuation. This will identify areas of our public and private road systems that are at higher risk of evacuation bottlenecks due to topography, curves and proximity to vegetation.
Another major focus will be to identify areas where vegetation is particularly hazardous. Some of these areas were located during the Cameron Peak Fire and mitigation was completed on public lands adjacent to developed areas, and on some private properties. Identifying priority mitigation areas will be important to applying for mitigation grants in the future.
After the data collection phase Ember Alliance will produce several scenarios of potential fire growth and risk to structures and evacuation routes. This will help us identify and prioritize areas for fuel mitigation, water supplies and evacuation routes. It will help us integrate the Larimer County emergency notification system with the fire response capability of our district, Larimer County, the state and the Forest Service.
As this planning process unfolds there will be opportunities for public participation. We will post information on our website as it’s developed. We have also established a special CWPP email. It is GVFD.CWPP@gmail.com.
Warren Jones, CWPP Project Manager
“Together We Succeed”