Help Firefighter Matt Kieffer Battle Heart Failure

As a firefighter, Matt Kieffer has dedicated himself to being a first responder. He has put himself in harm’s way defending homes from wildfires, and responding to emergency events within our local community. He possesses a great passion for his profession and embodies the values of a firefighter in every aspect of his life. Today, the 26-year-old member of Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District, who has given so much to others, needs your help.

Matt is battling heart failure, and we are raising funds to assist with his living expenses. His illness first came to light while working on a large wildfire away from home. He subsequently went through the traumatic ordeal of an out of state surgery followed by travel home for additional operations.  Matt’s condition will take him out of the line of duty for up to a year and we are looking to help him financially while he is unable to work.

Your support is greatly appreciated by Matt, his local fire department, and the emergency first responder community as a whole. Thank you for helping one of our brothers during his time of need.

           

Gratefully,

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District

https://www.gofundme.com/mattkieffer

Wildfire Mitigation Helps Firefighters' Control Wagonwheel Gap Fire

On February 10th 2017 at 7:49 am, Boulder Mountain Fire was called to a report of a wildfire in the 400 block of Wagonwheel Gap Road. The fire was observed at 1 acre when wildfire crews first arrived and spreading quickly with the terrain and gusty winds.

Wildfire crews quickly went into protecting the dozen structures that were immediately threatened by the growing wildfire. In total, the wildfire grew to approximately 5 acres and was contained with no structures lost or damaged.

The wildfire was burning on properties that had been previously mitigated which helped wildfire crews get control of the wildfire before it turned into a larger incident.

Pile Burning Season Is Here

Training Officer Tim Farrel

Training Officer Tim Farrel

As the snow storms come through, the crew will be taking advantage of winter conditions this month to burn slash piles near Hawk Lane, Surrey Ridge and Brook Rd Highway. Smoke may be visible.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Disclaimer: Smoke may affect your health. For more information visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.