Wheat Ridge Structure Fire

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In the late afternoon on July 24th in the midst of a thunderstorms and lightning, Wheat Ridge Firefighters, along with auto-aid from Fairmount Fire, were toned to a structure fire. Battalion Chief 71 arrived on scene and reported no fire or smoke conditions from a single story, multifamily structure. 911 reports indicated that the residents had smelled smoke all day, but did not ever see any fire.

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Shortly thereafter, fire crews noticed a very light smoke coming from the roof. Crews investigated throughout structure and noted mild heat, but no other conditions. Crews began to open up the ceiling to find an attic fire that had been smoldering all day over two units.IMG_2530
Crews were able to quickly control the fire; no residents were hurt; however two residents have been displaced. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Beach Front Property in Wheat Ridge

The 2015 spring has started off to be one of the wettest seasons on recorded history. CBS 4 reports that some areas around the Front Range have seen approximately one foot of precipitation since the middle of April. While all this wet weather has helped to curtail the ever looming wildfire season, there is a bad side. Much of the land in Wheat Ridge, specifically along the Clear Creek Greenbelt, is saturated with moisture.

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

Street Flooding near Clear Creek

What does this mean? With all this soil saturation, many of the streams, creeks, and ditches in Wheat Ridge are running at, and in some cases, above max capacity. This fast moving, high water presents some specific hazards. While some of Colorado’s outdoor water activities seem appealing, the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District strongly recommends that our citizens and guests avoid water activities in Clear Creek and pay extra attention if on the Greenbelt trails.

Safety Tips and Water Facts:
• During periods of rainfall and immediately afterwards, it is best to avoid trails along rivers or streams; water can rise quickly causing flash flooding with little notice.
• Move to higher ground! If you are creek-side on a trail during a rainstorm, use alternate routes to get to high ground to avoid any potential flood hazards
• Never walk/ride through moving water. Approximately 6” of water has enough force to cause a person to lose their footing.
• Two feet of water can float large vehicles (even a bus)
• If an emergency occurs, call 911- Do not put yourself in harms way or in a situation where you can become a victim.

Remember, it does not have to be raining for a flash flood to occur. Some of the most dangerous floods originate many miles away.

Clear Creek Flood Waters

Clear Creek Flood Waters

Clear Creek Flood Waters

Clear Creek Flood Waters

 

For more information you can visit the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wildfire Season

The wildland fire season is upon us! Many of our residents live along the Wheat Ridge Clear Creek Greenbelt, which is considered an urban interface, where wildfire meets the city. To ensure that our firefighters are best prepared to help all of our citizens, the members of the Wheat Ridge Fire Department have begun their annual wildland firefighting training. This year’s training includes joining forces with our neighboring fire department, West Metro, to further the skills and knowledge of the Wheat Ridge Firefighters.
While the fire department does not have any role in direct mitigation of the greenbelt or properties along the greenbelt, the fire department does recommend that property owners take actions to help make their property fire safe. For further information on how to make your property fire safe, visit http://firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/be-firewise/home-and-landscape.aspx, contact your insurance company, or call the Wheat Ridge Fire Department.

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Edgewater Kitchen Fire

Edgewater Fire Picture

In the early morning hours on March 16th, Wheat Ridge firefighters, along with automatic aid from Fairmount Fire and West Metro Fire, responded to a reported house fire. Initial reports from dispatch indicated that the homeowner stated a candle had overturned and started a table on fire and they believe the fire was out. Edgewater police advised that all occupants were out of the house and one individual had minor injuries.

Engine 73 arrived on scene and reported a working structure fire. Engine 73 pulled an attack line to the back side of the house, made entry, and made a quick interior attack.  Fire crews were able to rescue 2 cats from the house. Fire damage was limited to the kitchen and dining room.

 

Photo courtesy of Rick Luebke Photography

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