When the Park County sheriff calls for a mandatory wildfire evacuation there will be some level of chaos. There may be limited visibility due to smoke. There may be flying embers in the air. Hundreds of vehicles may be attempting to evacuate. The call could happen any time of day or night. School buses may be in route. Working parents may be rushing back from Metro Denver to evacuate their family. First responders and firefighting vehicles will be rushing in the opposite direction toward the fire.
In the midst of this chaos, it is absolutely essential that our major evacuation routes not be in flames.
Imagine if this were just a two-lane road!
The weakest link in this scenario will be any choke point in our major emergency evacuation routes. Choke points are sections of road that have heavy fuel loads on one or both sides of the roadway that could become blocked by wildfire, trapping evacuees.
Evacuation Chaos during the Lower North Fork Fire
Our mission is to clear these choke points prior to an event to ensure that you and your loved ones are able to evacuate safely.
The Plan - What STEPS Will We Take to Achieve this Mission
What's Already Been Done. The Foundation.
- A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Platte Canyon Fire Protection District (PCFPD) and Park County that allows Platte Fire to perform wildfire mitigation in county road rights-of-way. PCFPD was chosen to perform the work because they have the skill sets, wildfire knowhow, and equipment to properly and safely mitigate our roadways.
- Identification of major emergency evacuation routes. These are the routes that serve both a large number of residents and that will be needed to accommodate a high volume of evacuation vehicle traffic.
Our Major Emergency Evacuation Routes
- CR43 and Shelton Road. This one way in and one way out emergency evacuation route serves over 2,500 residential parcels, Tomahawk Girl Scout Ranch, Deer Creek Elementary, and the Id-Ra-Ha-Je Christian Camp.
- CR72, Rosalie Road, and Roland Valley Drive. These interconnected evacuation routes serve over 1,500 residential parcels and currently have multiple potential choke points. In the case of CR72, these points become regions.
- Mount Evans Blvd, Hidden Valley Blvd, and Nova Road. These emergency evacuation routes serve over 500 residential parcels. Choke points on Mount Evans Blvd could potentially block the evacuation of this entire community.
What Will Happen Next? How Will we Spend this Investment in our Safety?
- We are Crowd funding this project on our own as a community of concerned homeowners, ranchers, business owners, civic groups, and other stakeholders. Traditional sources of funds for wildfire mitigation (federal and state) specifically exclude roadway mitigation. Think of this $100,000 project as an investment in our collective safety.
- IOBY (In Our Back Yard) will serve as our Crowd funding platform and fiscal sponsor. Your donation/investment will be tax deductible and IOBY will provide third-party assurance that the monies collected are spent for the purpose intended.
- Working with the Sheriff and the School District, Platte Fire will identify the most critical evacuation route choke points.
- Platte Fire will prioritize the mitigation of the most critical choke points based on a calculation of life safety.
- Where needed, Platte Fire will arrange with adjacent private property owners to mitigate beyond the county right-of-way to increase the margin of safety.
- Platte Fire will schedule and mitigate critical choke points based on a judgment of life safety ranking.
A Huge Thank You to Our Sponsors
Platinum Level Sponsors
Burland Ranchettes HOA
Concerned About CR43
Silver Level Sponsors
U-Stor-it Affordable Storage
Harris Park Volunteer Support Group
Gold Level Sponsors
About Fire Adapted Bailey
Fire Adapted Bailey is a non-profit umbrella organization for Firewise Communities in the Bailey area. We are unpaid volunteers working to educate the public about the risks of a wildfire and what we can do as individual property owners, business owners, subdivisions, and as a broader community to mitigate those risks. As we assess our current level of readiness before, during, and after a major wildfire event; mitigation of our major evacuation roadways is the most critical and urgent priority.