Mark McCracken

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:31

Prescribed burn information

Two prescribed burns are happening nearby. Neither is in our area, but residents may see or smell smoke during these actions. But as always, if you're not sure, call 911.

Burn #1: The US Forest Service will be reigniting the Pingree Hill burn today, starting at the interior and burning throughout the week.

Burn #2: The Nature Conservancy will be conducting prescribed burns through May at the Ben Delatour Boy Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes. For more information on these activities, see the Glacier View Meadows Association notification
Saturday, 08 April 2017 11:18

2nd Annual Wildfire Preparedness Day

The Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Is Inviting YOU to the

2nd Annual Wildfire Community
Preparedness Day on
Saturday - May 6, 2017 – from 10-2

Fire Station 1 – 11835 Rist Canyon Rd., Bellvue

Join us on May 6, from 10 am – 2 pm

Come meet the RCVFD firefighters, EMTs and first responders.
Check out the trucks we use to respond to emergencies.

  • What Does it mean to be Firewise?

  • Do you have “D” space?

  • Learn about the area around you

  • Colorado State Forest Service – Tree Farmers

  • Birds and your Garden!

  • You Really Can Garden at 7000 feet and above!

  • Games for the Kids!

All are invited – Bring your neighbors too!

​For more information contact your Road Representatives or Louise Creager!
Thursday, 16 March 2017 09:28

Red Flag Warning

We are under a Red Flag Warning today from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Forecast calls for west winds 20-30 mph gusting to 50 mph, and relative humidity as low as 9%.

Be careful out there.
Friday, 03 March 2017 20:03

Elk on the loose

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people to be on the lookout for a wild adult female elk wearing a high visibility red collar around her neck. This animal is part of an observational study at USDA Veterinary Services' wildlife research pens in Fort Collins, CO, and escaped from the facility on February 18.

If you see this animal, or have spotted her at any time, please call 800-451-8297 as soon as possible to report her location.

More information (PDF)

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Friday, 17 February 2017 12:14

Breaking Rocks in the Canyon

There has been some speculation about the work crews using heavy equipment to widen the rock walls in the lower and middle canyon. Here is what we have learned from Larimer County Road & Bridge:

We are removing rock to:

  1. Improve drainage adjacent to the road. In many areas the drainage runs on the surface of the road and by pulling the slopes back we can get a ditch
  2. Improve safety at areas where the rock was very close to the white line.

We are not planning to construct an uphill bike lane. The work we are doing is very limited and will be confined within the existing right of way.

As a side note we will be paving CR 52E this summer from CR 27E to Stratton Park. This project will begin in June and continue over the summer and will start with asphalt patching followed by asphalt paving.
Sunday, 27 November 2016 18:53



  1. Over the years, the Richard Schmid Fine Art Auctions netted more than $750,000 for RCFVD capital equipment purchases and operating expenses.

  2. Auction Sales from Richard Schmid paintings grossed from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on whether we received one or two paintings.

  3. RCVFD is 1 of 59 non-tax based volunteer fire departments in Colorado. This has long been a source of pride.

  4. Recent Festival and Art Auction Proceeds (2016 = $11,000) will not sustain RCVFD, likely leading to conversion a tax-based department.

  5. The 2016 annual operating budget is $70,000.

  6. Community Annual Drive revenues typically fall $20-25,000 short of the annual budget.

  7. Capital equipment purchases are not included in the operating budget.

  8. One fully equipped foam fire truck costs in excess of $200,000.

  9. An equipped fire station in the Buckhorn has been a long-standing dream.

The Good News:

Well-known artist and former area resident Richard Schmid was recently honored in Denver. Richard, Nancy Guzick (his wife,) and two daughters, Molly and Bridgette attended. Molly spoke fondly of the Schmid connection to RCVFD and the lesson it taught her about service (aka “giving back.”) Rist Canyon residents attending the event believe this awakened interest in Richard Schmid and is beneficial for our art auction. We are pleased Molly and Richard both recently agreed to consult on and support our ongoing Art Auction. Additionally, several notable galleries in Wyoming and Colorado have agreed to support our auction, further enhancing our attraction.

A Call to Action - RCVFD needs YOU:

Jon Stephens, Dinney Falkenberg, and Carol Miller are spearheading the efforts for the 2017 RCVFD Fine Art Auction (founder Richard Schmid.) We are presently determining personnel needs, but we KNOW to make this fundraising effort a success, it will take many, many people. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Stove Prairie School Festival next Saturday December 3. PLEASE sign this sheet and volunteer to help. Those who sign up at the School Festival, will be personally contacted to discuss your interest and time availability. If you will not be in attendance at the School Festival, but will help or would like to offer suggestions please call:

Jon at 970-482-2719
Carol at 970-484-7731
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In closing,

  1. Please have a very Merry, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season.

  2. THANKS for helping our volunteer firefighters who give up so much to keep us safe or provide needed emergency medical services.

  3. Stay tuned for periodic updates on our efforts and needs.

Jon, Dinney and Carol
Did you know you can support RCVFD when you shop on Amazon? Go to Amazon Smile and enter Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department as your non profit of choice and then shop away! It doesn't cost you anything extra, and 0.5 percent of your purchases go to the fire department. Amazon Smile has already donated over $37 million to charities using this program, so it really does work.

If you have any questions about this program, or need help setting it up, drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll be happy to give you a hand.

Jenn Nolte, incoming Vice President
RCVFD Board of Directors
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Saturday, 05 November 2016 22:01

Festival Organizational Meeting

We are already less than 10 months away from the 2017 Rist Canyon Mountain Festival and Fine Art Auction. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30PM at Firehouse 1, 11835 Rist Canyon Rd, beginning November 14th. We are looking for ideas on how to improve our attendance and profits.

In particular, we need chairs for the Book sale (this is easier than it sounds as it's very well organized and entails communicating with those on the book committee) and for Social Media/Public Relations as we need to do a much better job promoting our festival to the public. I foresee this position working with the CSU Marketing Department.

So, bring your thoughts and ideas and let's make the 2017 Festival our best one yet!

Tim Hollaman
Festival Coordinator
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Friday, 28 October 2016 15:18

Annual Meeting November 5 at 6:00PM

The Annual Meeting and Election will be held Saturday, November 5 at 6 PM at the Stove Prairie School. All area residents are encouraged to attend to make new friends, to connect with friends you rarely see, for community fellowship, to hear Fire Department news, and to participate in the elections for the Board of Directors.

Please bring a dish to share: main dish, salad, bread or dessert. Drinks and tableware will be provided.

See you there!

Just a quick heads-up that RCVFD will be doing scenario-based training at the pull-off near Stratton Park this evening. We are going to set up a fake multi-car accident. There will be numerous responders and community members at the training. Thanks in advance for your consideration and patience if you drive by us tonight.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 970-215-6524.

- Phil Benstein, RC 7
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