We normally don't send Tom (plow operator) out until we have 6 inches of snow and the storm has ended. As you probably know, the Ranch can get varied amounts from one end to the other. Six inches is hard to judge at times if the wind is blowing and creating drifts. I get a snow report from several residents and then confer with Tom to develop the plan of attack.
We plow the main roads first and then move on to other…Read More
When I was building our house, I learned a very important lesson regarding lightning. It didn’t have to strike the house; this lesson happened with lightning strikes at least a half-mile away.
I was working on the east wall of the living room; at this point in the…Read More
On June 13, 2021 at the SFTR MOC, wildland firefighter Ryan Theler gave an extremely informative presentation about prevention and preparedness in case of wildfires in our area.
The attached PDF describes the tax credit you are eligible for if you perform Mitigation efforts on your property
The attached PDF details the recommendation forest thinning from The Colorado State Forest Service.
The attached PDF explains what a Firewise community is and its purpose.
The attached PDF from the Colorado State Forest Service provides information on Construction Design and Materials.
The attached PDF from the Colorado State Forest Service provides recommendations for land owner's role in fire prevention.
Recently there has been a number of incidents involving "off the road vehicles". Typically, but not always, the violators have been visitors or guests on the Ranch who may or may not know the rules. The dangers involve collisions, sparks that start fires (which we all dread), trespassing on personal property, personal bodily injury, and the unimaginable - death. ALL property owners are responsible and accountable to educate…Read More
(The Preparedness Corner articles were written by Paul Vircsik from 2000 to 2005. The introduction below was written by Paul for the SFTR website. The PDF linked below it contains all of the Preparedness Corner articles plus a short bio of Paul at the end.)
"As an introduction to this area I would like to share my thoughts on why I write to you each month. During my career in the fire service I have always felt that the greatest way…Read More