Residents have voiced a number of concerns about security of their property while under evacuations due to the Lewstone Fire. As Chief I want to assure people that I am working closely with the sheriff department to ensure the safety and security of everyone on the fire line and within the evacuation zones. After speaking with the deputies in charge, I learned some things that I want to share with the community to help ease your minds. Residents are used to seeing a large presence of marked deputy cruisers in an incident like this. However, as you know there are a lot of things going on in Larimer County right now, including Cameron Peak, demonstrations in town, as well as multiple small fires in Loveland and up near The Forks. To ensure our safety, LCSO has been utilizing their unmarked vehicles to patrol Davis Ranch and Whale Rock throughout this incident. They have committed to continuing to patrol even though evacuations have been downgraded to voluntary in those areas, because they understand how important it is to protect our community during this trying time. Officers in LCSO are part of this community and share our concerns about our security, and are our partners in this effort.
Thank you for helping our public safety departments by keeping the faith that all of us are doing everything that can be done to protect you, your loved ones, and your property.
Jeff Elsner, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 2
Bellvue, CO 80512