The 2013 Colorado flood struck Big Elk Meadows particularly hard. All five of our dams were washed away and the lakes and wetlands are gone. The water distribution system along with the roads, electrical, and phone services need to be rebuilt so that we can return to our homes.

The Volunteer Fire Department of Big Elk is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501c3. We have established an "EMERGENCY RECOVERY" fund to help with the emergency needs of this disaster.
Donations can be made to “VFD of Big Elk” and sent to:
Big Elk VFD
42 Willow Drive
Lyons, Co 80540


For updates and to keep in touch, see our Facebook Page.

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Tuesday May 24 - 6:56pm
Just an FYI; Forest Fire Preparedness Exercise; Arapaho-Roosevelt Fire Preparedness Team will be conducting a field exercise tomorrow, May 25, from around 0900 until approximately 1600, (9am to 4pm). The location is near Big Elk Meadows at the east end of the Johnny Park road (Forest road 119), just east of the Coulson Gulch trailhead. Numerous US Forest Service Fire vehicles including Type-6 Engines and Command vehicles will be in the area. Vehicles may be staged temporarily at several different nearby locations including Lion Gulch trailhead, Pinewood Springs and along County Road 47. Again, this is only a preparedness exercise. No cause for alarm!
Sunday May 8 - 5:50pm
Our Pinewood family is suffering and trying to make sense of today's tragedy
Wednesday Apr 27 - 8:12pm
It's duck season! That is, Estes Park Duck Race season. Adopt your duck at by May 6, and benefit the Big Elk Meadows Volunteer Fire Dept.! $19 of each $20 ticket (or$21 online) goes to the fire dept.! Race is May 7, and you don't need to be present to win! Click below to adopt a duck now!
Tuesday Jan 19 - 5:08pm
Denver (Colorado) Fire Chief Eric Tade was stabbed this afternoon when a some nut job jumped into the SUV he was driving. He was on duty, driving his DFD black SUV in the area of fire headquarters when an unnamed woman jumped into the SUV and stabbed Tade shortly after 1330 hours. He took himself to the nearby firehouse where he was treated before being taken to the hospital. He was listed in fair condition at Denver Health Center with wounds to his hand and leg. Cops say witnesses helped track down the suspect who has been arrested. One civilian was was walking through the intersection when he saw the chiefs black Ford Explorer rolling down Colfax with no one inside...and the chief walking to the firehouse. We wish him a quick recovery.
Thursday Dec 10 - 7:38am
Can you find the bobcat in this photo?
Sunday Nov 15 - 7:52am
This is funBig Elk VFD added 2 new photos.
Sunday Aug 30 - 12:36pm
Mother looking to make some extra money. Will Clean, child care , senior care, filinf, officework , filing, organizing ,errands and odd jobs in the Estes Park , Allens Park, Glen Haven, Big Elk Meadows and Pinewood area. If you know of anythung please advise . You can PM me , email me or call me at 810-955-5850
Thursday Aug 20 - 9:59am
Updates this morning indicate that the three Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty yesterday fighting that wildfire near Twisp were engaged in initial attack operations and involved in a vehicle crash on Woods Canyon Road, when it is believed the fire overtook the vehicle, Other reports are that they were able to get out of the vehicle and deployed shelters but subsequently lost their lives. They were part of the initial fire response to that wildfire that started shortly after noon up Woods Canyon Road, which is off Twisp River Road. That area is about 5 miles west of Twisp. Initial reports are that the wind suddenly shifted and the U.S. Forest Service Firefighters who were killed, became trapped as the Twisp River Fire turned back on them. The four injured firefighters suffered burns and were transported from the scene. One of the injured firefighters, a 25-year-old, was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. Of those four injured firefighters, one worked for the Forest Service, two worked for the state Department of Natural Resources and one was a DNR contractor. It wasn't immediately clear if the four injured were also involved in the crash. In Washington there are 11 counties and four tribes affected or threatened by fires. The fires have already destroyed more than 50 homes, 60 other structures, and more than 235,000 acres of land. Conditions this morning remain terrible and the fires are continuing to spread-combine that with limited resources and the potn tial remains for more devastation. More info here
Sunday Aug 16 - 8:36pm
Lightning sparked a fire about a mile Northwest of CR 47 and Highway 36 We tried to gain access to it from Hell Canyon but never made it. Forest service hiked in and got it containedBig Elk VFD added 5 new photos.
Wednesday Aug 5 - 10:23pm
Water lines are being installed around the Firehouse. Be careful of the trenches by the bathrooms and on the road.
Sunday Aug 2 - 10:06pm
So sad
Saturday Aug 1 - 11:15am
Just had a training on the new flush points we have around the Meadows great job Paul Flanagan. They aren't quite fire hydrants but could definitely help in an emergency
Tuesday Jul 7 - 8:14pm
The Big Elk car wash is open
Thursday Jun 4 - 10:55pm
A map of Road closures
Thursday Jun 4 - 10:10pm
Lyons co
Thursday Jun 4 - 7:40pm
Taken fro Longmont looking towards Burthod CO I think
Thursday Jun 4 - 7:04pm
Tornado touched down in Burthoud Co The storm has moved over rabbit mountain towards Lyns but no funnel clouds are currently visible
Friday May 29 - 12:31am
Burning the midnight oil to bring you a new VFD web site
Thursday May 28 - 12:15pm
I am trying to set up a new website for the fire department with Google's site builder. Anyone have experience with this who could help me along?
Wednesday May 27 - 10:56pm
We sure want to try..
Monday May 25 - 7:50pm
Great news! Jane Wjwoskie of Larimer co SAR is ready to certify her new search dog after only 18 months. She and a few others will be in Big Elk testing on June the first week in June. They will be in small groups doing day and night searches. Please don't interrupt them. The other good news is that they are moving to Pinewood Springs so we will get to work with her a lot more.
Thursday May 21 - 6:30pm
Here is the schedule of events for this weekend. Friday 0830 hrs Firehouse clean up and set up for annual meeting. Saturday annual meeting Sunday 0700 - Start cooking for pancake breakfast. Sunday 0800 - Pancake breakfast. Sunday 1030 - Breakdown & clean up. Sunday 1100 - "Duck Race" Due to the expected weather we will be plucking a duck from a trough. We can use all the help we can get so come on down!
Monday May 18 - 9:43pm
Are you ready for whatever the mountains have in store?
Friday May 8 - 11:59pm
The St vervain is reporting1440 cfs in Lyons. The 2013 flood it was at 3200 I think
Friday May 8 - 11:53pm
Reverse 911 call cr47 is going to be closed at the first crossing off highway 36.
washed-out washed-out

Mission Statement

As Volunteers and within the capabilities of our equipment and training, we are pledged to protect the people of the Big Elk Meadows community area from emergencies and natural disasters and to render assistance in the event of medical emergencies. Beyond immediate safety of our neighbors, we also strive to protect the forest that surround us and the homes in which we live.

42 Willow Drive
Lyons, Co 80540
Phone 303-823-5717
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