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.

Facebook Updates

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.
Friday May 8 - 1:14pm
Anyone have experience with Google for Nonprofits administration? We have an account but trying to do anything is impossible.
Thursday Apr 30 - 8:28pm
Wildland scenario this Saturday. Wear your P. P. E. And be ready to rock 'n roll.
Wednesday Apr 8 - 3:37pm
The Estes Park Duck Race is coming soon (May 2, 2015), and as a member of the Volunteer Fire Dept. of Big Elk, I would love to encourage you to get your tickets to "adopt" a duck. Tickets are $20 (paper ) or $21 online. A whopping $19 is donated directly to our fire department when you choose "Big Elk Meadows V F Dept"! The prizes this year are pretty awesome, including first prize of a Caribbean or Alaskan Cruise, or an Hawaiian Vacation (or $6,000 cash instead); second prize of a trip to Riviera Maya Mexico or Walt Disney World (or $3,000 cash instead); third prize of a trip to San Francisco or New Orleans (or $2,000 in cash). You don't need to be present to win. Tickets: $20 via paper form available weekdays at the firehouse (check #9 on the back of the form to select the VFD) $21 online at (select Big Elk Meadows V F Dept as the Organization) Your generous donations to the fire department make our mission possible and are much appreciated!
Friday Apr 3 - 3:15pm
Be sure to Adopt a Duck for the Estes Park Duck race on May 2, 2015 and possibly win one of the grand-prize vacations (or the $$ instead). Prizes are awesome this year! Buy tickets for $20 from the firehouse during the weekday, or for $21 online any time of the day or night at Choose "Big Elk Meadows V F Dept" as the Organization on the paper or online form, and $19 of every duck you adopt is given directly to the fire department! Post a Comment when you adopt ducks, and let's see who has the biggest flock!
Wednesday Mar 25 - 4:22pm
Upcoming Training Its time to prepare for wildland season. April 4th 0900- Wildland Initial attack May 2nd Wild land Field exercise May 16th 0800- 1600 Wildland RedCard Refresher June 6th 0900- Emergency Vehicle Rollover Prevention. THE FOLLLOWING VFIS EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR 2015: Emergency Vehicle Rollover Prevention Location: Dates/Times: Big Elk Meadows Volunteer Fire Department June 6, 2015 42 Willow Drive, Lyons, CO 9:00 am – 11:00 am Hwy 36 (N. St. Vrain) towards Estes, 9 miles to Larimer CR 47 & 5.5 miles into Big Elk v Program fee: $10 per participant (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed) Safe Backing Practices for Fire and EMS Location: Dates/Times: Eagle County Paramedic Services June 18, 2015 785 Red Table Drive, Gypsum, CO 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm v Program fee: $10 per participant (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed) v Lunch will be provided Emergency Vehicle Driver Training – Instructor Level Location: Dates/Times: Timberline Fire Protection District Training Center June 27 – 28, 2015 Station 7 – 14908 Highway 119, Black Hawk, CO 8:00 am – 5:00 pm v Program fee: $60 per participant for VFIS Insureds; $249 per participant for Non-VFIS Insureds (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed) Anger Management / Critical Incident Stress Management Workshop Presented by Stephen Charles, Chief / Berthoud Fire Protection District; VFIS Instructor Location: Date/Time: Boulder Rural Fire Protection District September 23, 2015 6230 Lookout Road, Boulder, CO 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm v Program fee: $10 per participant (we will send you an invoice after the class is completed)
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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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