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


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Sunday Aug 14 - 11:36am
Leann and all firefighters We have your 2 1/2 inch hydrant valve. It's in the engineering compartment of the white tender 4940. Randy Orth found one so we didn't have to spend $600 yay!!!!
Tuesday Aug 9 - 3:57pm
information on Cheatgrass, also known as downy brome, invaded the United States in the late 19th century. It aggressively invades land that has been burned, disturbed or overgrazed, and in some cases it’s invading land that’s never been abused, such as Anahoe Island in Pyramid Lake. The name came from the way it swindled wheat farmers out of crop yields, but also from its ability to steal moisture and soil nutrients from struggling native plants. Its adaptability has allowed cheatgrass to become the dominant species on more than 50 million acres in the arid West. Cheatgrass dries out quickly, making it an ideal fuel for destructive range fires. Fires are a natural part of the rangeland ecology, but under normal conditions, they only occur about every 30 years or so. When cheatgrass moves in, the fires are sparked more frequently, burn hotter and spread faster, destroying important wildlife habitat and creating even more charred terrain for the weed to find purchase. Cheatgrass fires also burn earlier in the year than native vegetation would. Cheatgrass can also be deadly around homes, giving floating embers a place to reignite. It’s not easy to control such a voracious invader, but the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has several experts involved in helping homeowners keep it under control and slowing the spread of cheatgrass on public land. One project in the Walker River Basin, for instance, is attempting to reseed former farmland with native plants, and a big part of that effort is investigating how to keep cheatgrass and other weeds off that land while the new plants are established. Similar work and research has been ongoing in the Lahontan Valley. Cooperative Extension experts are also working with ranchers, farmers and range managers in many Nevada counties where cheatgrass invasions and frequent wildfires are destroying native vegetation needed for grazing and wildlife. They help run a popular Range Management School, work with various weed control groups, and have established herbicide trial plots to experiment with cheatgrass control. Another research project on the university-owned Gund Ranch outside Austin is exploring how to use cattle to control cheatgrass. Homeowners can also help reduce the spread of cheatgrass. Fire experts recommend homeowners remove any stand of cheatgrass growing within 30 feet of their home before it dries out and scatters its seeds. Regardless of how you remove the grass, you’ll eventually want to plant some kind of desirable vegetation to take its place — otherwise, cheatgrass will just move back in. Experts recommend an integrated approach that involves killing and removing cheatgrass. This sometimes calls for spraying herbicides to kill cheatgrass before it produces seeds and then replanting the affected area with something else, such as crested wheatgrass. Here are some other control tips: You can pull out cheatgrass by hand in the spring and fall if it’s only growing in a small area. If you have livestock, graze cheatgrass areas heavily twice in early spring approximately three weeks apart prior to seed formation. Glyphosate (Roundup-ultra) will help control cheatgrass if applied before the seed head forms. A pre-emergent herbicide such as Preen can be used in the fall before the cheatgrass sprouts. Always carefully follow label directions. You also need to be careful when traveling in the backcountry. Heat from a vehicle or even the slightest spark — from a lighter, or campfire or ricocheting bullet — can ignite a cheatgrass fire that on a windy day can produce 8-foot flames traveling at nearly 5 miles an hour. If you’re traveling on rangeland, watch where you park and always carry water and shovels in case you start a fire.
Wednesday Jul 27 - 9:35pm
That beautiful sunset and the slight whiff of smoke in the air are brought to you by four fires burning in western Colorado. Be careful out there
Tuesday Jul 26 - 8:52pm
Sunday Jul 10 - 7:51pm
That was quick
Sunday Jul 10 - 10:32am
We have one FireFighter helping with this on the Incident management team. Elk VFD shared 9NEWS (KUSA)'s video.
Sunday Jun 26 - 10:05am
We should especially on streets without shouldersBig Elk VFD shared Tri-state area driver's photo.
Sunday Jun 19 - 9:28pm
PSA car fire. It takes about 2 min for a car to go from smoking to this. There really isn't anything you can do to stop it. Set the emergency brake. (This gets a lot worse when the car starts rolling away) Grab what you can and get away from the car. You get extra points for popping the hood. The biggest dangers now are being hit by a car and the grass fire.
Thursday Jun 16 - 10:12am
This Saturday, June 18th, all proceeds from our bag sale will go to Big Elk VFD! To learn more about this organization, visit their website at: Don't forget to stop in and show your support while taking advantage of our $5 bag sale!
Wednesday Jun 8 - 8:02pm
Are you ready?
Monday Jun 6 - 7:07pm
For those living in Big Elk Meadows I would add to this. "I am in Big Elk Meadows". "Please call the Big Elk Meadows fire department"
Saturday Jun 4 - 7:54pm
Fire hydrant is being installed!
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
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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