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Training is always a priority for Castle Rock Fire and Rescue. With wildland fire and fireworks season around the corner, CRFD wants to ensure firefighters are ready with both training and mitigation.
Between now and June 30, the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department will conduct a wildland fire training burn on the Santa Fe Quarry on the west side of Town. This small, 10-acre training burn will give firefighters the opportunity to hone their wildland firefighting skills while preparing the surrounding area for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show that will be shot from the top of the quarry this year, instead of Metzler Park.
Here’s what to know about the training burn:
• The fire department has specific guidelines and procedures on when they can and can’t perform the training burn. Weather and wind are key factors in these guidelines, which at this time of year, can provide narrow windows of opportunity to complete the training. • Flames and smoke will be visible during the training burn. If you see flames and smoke, check the Town’s website, CRgov.com, and social media to see if the training is being conducted. If training is being done, please DO NOT call 911.• A number of fire trucks and vehicles, as well as firefighters will be working in the area during the training burn, and their safety along with yours is the No. 1 priority. Please do not attempt to enter the training site or approach the firefighters during the active burn.
As with any outdoor training in Colorado, this schedule depends on weather and could change on very short notice. For the most current information, stay tuned to message signs in the area and to the Town’s social media – Facebook.com/CRgov or @CRgov on Twitter. However, due to the narrow window, notification may occur in less than 48 hours from when this training will begin.
Wildland fire poses a significant threat to Castle Rock and Colorado as a whole. It is important that our firefighters are well trained to face this challenge in our community.
More information will be posted about the Fourth of July fireworks in the near future. However, this training will also help eliminate the fuels in the fallout area to try and prevent any unintended fires from the fireworks show.
Questions? Call Deputy Fire Chief Norris Croom or Fire Chief Art Morales at 303-660-1066.
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