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 Jul 20 - 11:58am
Big Elk VFD added a new photo.
Friday Jul 18 - 7:39pm
Three pilots died during the Big Elk Fire of 2002 - this day marks the day two died in the WWII tanker. We never forget. We are humbled by the noble effort to put out a 5000 acre fire and saddened by the incredible loss.
Wednesday Jul 16 - 9:06am
"We'd like to publicly thank..." on their own status.
Tuesday Jul 15 - 7:09pm
The VFD of Big Elk is on step 8 of the Colorado Gives profile - that means, we've submitted our profile and they've reviewed it and returned it for clarification and pesky little mistakes.
Sunday Jul 13 - 10:22am
A 911 tone this am - ten responded with two heading out on 4952 (an ATV equipped with water and foam) to put out another abandoned campfire. Fire Chief Nelson Renouf and Eno Compton III on scene. All is well. Remember, this Big Elk VFD puts out an average of 21 every year. Hoorah for the little VFD. Consider joining our fire department. Sometimes all you need to do is guide in the ambulance, open the firehouse doors, keep an account on those responding...if you're thinking you can't be a firefighter. Support is necessary, too.
Monday Jun 30 - 11:29pm Very small Fire in the park
Friday Jun 20 - 9:39pm
"Twenty-one firefighters were..." on their own photo.
Friday Jun 20 - 6:50pm
Granite Gulch Fire in Estes Park out by Glen Haven, 2 acres, helicopter, Estes Fire, Glen Haven and forest service are working it.
Monday Jun 16 - 3:28pm
If your Century Link service hasn't been turned back on yet call Neil. My service was restored a while ago but they didn't turn it back on. Neil just has to click a button. Neil Largent Store Manager, Retail 1805 29th St., Suite 1136, Boulder, Co 80301 Mailstop: COQ9830100 tel: 303.442.2011 cell: 720.985.3959 fax: 303.442.1173
Tuesday Jun 10 - 6:27pm
Colorado Gives Day registration UNDERWAY! Step 1 and 2 achieved. Step 3 is a doozy. Wish us luck to get the registration done in time for not only the actual day in December but mostly for the Mountain Strong project, an anniversary look at the flood and its impact on Estes Valley nonprofits. Coming in September.
Monday Jun 9 - 4:03pm
FYI - Big Elk will be participating in this anniversary project. Dear Mountain Strong for Nonprofit partners, Thank you for attending the recent Mountain Strong for Nonprofits workshop. We hope you are as excited about this project as we are! Workshop Evaluation We hope you found the workshop inspiring and helpful. Please share your feedback using the attached evaluation form. You can return it via mail to EPNRC, PO Box 4221, Estes Park, CO 80517 or scan and email it back to me at Workshop Recordings Two videos were produced from the workshop – one that shows the entire workshop and a shorter version that only captures the portion of the workshop on video production. You can watch both and download the handouts at Please share this link with your colleagues, board and volunteers to rally and educate your team about Mountain Strong for Nonprofits and your nonprofit’s video project. Borrow the Video Camera As discussed during the workshop, we have a high definition video camera, light and tripods that you can check out for filming your nonprofit’s story. Once you have outlined your video and determined what you need to film, you can check the camera out for 2 days. There is a calendar displaying the camera’s availability and a reservation request form at Additional Mountain Strong Info Sessions For anyone with questions about the collaborative or unable to attend the workshop, four information sessions will be held in the Wasson Room at the library: · Tuesday, June 10 at 5 pm · Friday, June 13 at 9 am · Monday, June 16 at 11 am · Thursday, June 19 at noon Please feel free to share this information with colleagues! Nonprofit Story Development Roundtable Start developing the story you’ll use to raise funds on the Mountain Strong for Nonprofits website! Join us for lunch on Thursday, June 12 to discuss what makes a story powerful and bat around different story ideas to help each other come up with inspiring video content. Announcement attached. Using Stories to Capture Hearts and Open Wallets Thursday, June 12 Noon-1:30pm Estes Valley Library, Wasson Room
Sunday Jun 1 - 7:36am
"Yes, $3287 is a record! We..." on their own status.
Saturday May 31 - 8:48pm
Just got the news on the Estes Park Duck Race results - thank you all for helping give $3287 to the VFD!
Tuesday May 27 - 8:11pm
Big Elk VFD likes a link.
Tuesday May 27 - 12:42pm
DISCOUNTS OFFERED ON ALL LINES OF BEETLEKILL WOOD FLOORING, SIDING, AND PANELING FOR ALL FLOOD VICTIMS! Jerry Ross, a customer of ours and one of the neighbors in your community, suggested we should post our offer of assistance on your community Facebook site... GreenWay Building Products has specialized in beetlekill wood for about 9 years - both Unfinished and Pre-finished products. We offer 3 quality levels, in 3 types of beetlekill wood, (all with distinctly different appearances), and in two wood grades. We are the only company that guarantees Colorado and USA standing dead timber products AND that offers more than the lower quality level of product in the market, and that wood is most typically brought in from Canada. PLEASE CONTACT US AT 720-515-5189 OF BY EMAIL AT for more info on how we can help rebuild your home with one of the most affordable, unique and Eco-friendly building products made from local timber and using local labor. You can also visit our website at and view some of the pictures our our products here on our Facebook pages. The owner of GreenWay, Randy Piper, assisted flood victims all during the flooding and has also experienced home loss as result of fire, so the empathy and desire to help is heartfelt. We would love to assist further in your re-building and remodeling efforts.
Tuesday May 27 - 12:23pm
"Three attended from Big Elk -..." on their own photo.
Sunday May 25 - 9:36am
Visit Big Elk Meadows 2.0 the Road Home group page for photos of Mirror crossing. Vulnerable conditions exist.
Wednesday May 21 - 11:48pm
White upright freezer available works well in the firehouse come make a donation
Thursday May 15 - 6:11am
We have two going to the this free workshop so far, but we need more to share the creative opportunities - especially needed is someone skilled with computers to achieve the goal to raise awareness and funds! Big Elk VFD shared Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center's photo.
Wednesday May 14 - 10:00pm
Hope to have the Big Elk VFD take part in this!
Wednesday May 14 - 3:09pm
"yah do they still have that truck?" on their own photo.
Tuesday May 13 - 11:09am
June 7 - Mark your calendars - Chief John Benson will teach a Refresher Basic Wildland course at Big Elk. We'll be hosting neighboring fire department volunteers who also need the refresher (Pinewood and Allenspark). Photo taken 2006. Email any questions.
Thursday May 1 - 12:38pm
Fire department training this Saturday May 3rd will be in preparation for the wild land fire season . We will be working with the Type 6 engines, spraying water/foam and hand tools. At the same time we will be helping the recovery effort by prepping logs & trees for getting cut up. So all Fire Fighters bring your wild land PPE and pac and be ready to work. See you at 0900 hrs Collin
Sunday Mar 30 - 1:23pm
Click the ADOPT NOW button. Select Big Elk Meadows VFD, please! Please share on your page so many more can help Big Elk VFD. Go to the web site and click on the ADOPT NOW button and choose Big Elk!
Wednesday Mar 26 - 1:48pm
Thank you Donna for inviting me to LIKE your page.
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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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