Category Archives: TOW Emergency Communications

House fire on Baxter Street

Shortly after 8PM on Sunday night there was an explosion and fire at a home on Baxter Street. One adult was slightly injured, the 2 children emerged unharmed and the dog was slightly singed. The house was extensively damaged.

The cause of the fire has not been officially determined, but is suspected to be a propane leak.

And yet one more time we are deeply grateful to our firefighters for their quick and effective response. We’d also like to thank both Allenspark and Gold Hill for their indispensable aid.

Fires today – according to OEM

It appears that Lee Hill may be closed, due to a fire at Deer Trail and Lee Hill, but the evac order (radius of one mile) has been lifted.

Also a fire was reported at 3000 block of Fourmile, that is reported to be contained.

More info at

There was a transformer with a loose ground wire this morning up by the Peak to Peak. Xcel was called and the fire department responded and monitored it until Xcel arrived.

Goats and Fire Mitigation. Oh my.

A new fire mitigation business. After the Four Mile firestorm in September 2010,  not surprising, but this business employs voracious, funny, four-legged workers.

Goat Hill Grazers will bring their goats to your property where they will munch down on your weeds, eliminating much of the ladder fuel that the Fire Departments warn us against.

Contact info:

Goat Hill Grazers
Weed and Fire Mitigation
Kathleen Gilgannon
11679 Gold Hill Rd.
Boulder, CO 80302

720 308 1764

Ham Radio training!!!

In more awesome Mountain Leaders Forum (soon to be InterMountain Alliance) news we’ll be holding 2 training sessions to prepare for the Technicians class of Amateur Radio License. You can attend one or the other (or both, but that’s not necessary). There are online resources as primers (links will be available Sept 30 on this website), the class helps you prepare and BCARES (Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services) will be conducting the classes. Additionally, those who take the classes, take the exam, and are licensed, will be issued a handheld radio to become part of the Mountain Network.

The idea is to build a network of operators so that in an emergency, like wildfire or flood or crippling snowstorm, there are not only lots of eyes on the ground, but that those eyes can effectively communicate with the Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Not only can we contribute to our safety, but this is a means to get current, correct, updated information from OEM in the case of an emergency. Certainly that was sorely lacking in the Four Mile Fire.

If you’re interested in the training, it will be held Wednesday, 10/19/11 from 7-9PM or Saturday 10/22/11 from 9AM-11AM. Locations to be determined.

Anyone in the six community InterMountain Alliance (Ward, Allenspark, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, and Gold Hill)  is eligible to attend. It’s free. The test is $14.


The training is 6 hours. The first session will be in Ned at the Community Center 10/22/2011 from 9AM-3PM.

Second session: Gold Hill Fire Barn 10/29/2011, 9AM-3PM.

Please RSVP to Rebecca (459-3543) or Karelle (459-3363) or via the contact page of this website.


A ballot initiative that affects Ward and surroundings

This is a Boulder County ballot initiative that proposes to create a Mountain Forest Improvement District as a recommendation of the Citizen Advisory Team concerning the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This would be the entity that would “plan and implement forest improvement projects in wild land-urban interface areas, including projects to reduce hazardous fuels and protect communities.”

This would definitely affect Ward. Please download the text of the resolution and plan to vote on November 1, 2011.

The mountain leaders group will be finding out more and I’ll update this post when more info becomes available.