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Comments (0) Sep 17 2015

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House Fire While Under Construction

In the early morning hours on Thursday July 23rd, citizens off Vivian Ct were awaken to an orange glow of a structure fire off Vivian Ct. Upon arrival of Wheat Ridge Tower 72; the Lieutenant reported a working structure fire and updated the address.


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Wheat Ridge crews, along with help from West Metro and Fairmount Fire, were able to take control of the fire and extinguish it. Do to the quick tactics and decisions of the fire crews on scene, the garage of the structure suffered heavy fire damage, while the remainder of house was seemingly spared from any fire damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. The house was abandoned at the time, undergoing renovations, no injuries were reported.


All photos courtesy of Rick Luebke: http://www.rickluebkephotography.com

Comments (0) Jul 25 2015

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Wheat Ridge Structure Fire


In the late afternoon on June 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.

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.

Comments (0) Jun 25 2015

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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.







Comments (0) Jun 12 2015

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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.


Comments (0) Apr 26 2015

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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

Comments (0) Apr 14 2015

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ISO Ratings to improve for Wheat Ridge and Edgewater

Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a third party evaluator of community fire protection. The evaluation includes water supply, communications and the capabilities of the Fire Department. Scoring is based on a 1-10 scale with the lower the number being a greater overall capability.   The Wheat Ridge Fire Department improved their score from a 4 to a 2 in Wheat Ridge, Lakeside, Mountain View and a small portion of Lakewood. In Edgewater this reduction was from a 6 to a 2. The ISO Public Protection Classification is a tool utilized by a majority of insurance companies to aid in determining fire insurance rates for properties within the assessed jurisdiction.


This classification placed Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District in the 98th percentile nationwide.

Comments (0) Mar 17 2015

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Chicken OOPS!

Recently, there has been a strong community movement within the City of Wheat Ridge, City of Edgewater, and the surrounding communities toward raising chickens as pets and for food. While both an ecologically and economically beneficial practice, it does pose new challenges for our local urban farmers as well as for the fire department. The freezing temperatures that we can sometimes experience during the winter months occasionally necessitates the need to heat chicken coops in order to keep our feathered friends warm and their water from freezing. However heating chicken coops can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. Within just a two week period in December, the Wheat Ridge Fire Department responded to three fires in chicken coops or similar animal outbuildings. These fires resulted in the death of eleven chickens and a property loss of nearly $60,000.

Most all bedding, insulation, and bird feathers are easily ignitable when in proximity to a heat source such as a space heater or heat lamp. If you determine your coop must be heated, please consult a knowledgeable and reputable dealer for heating accessories, such as coop specific radiant heat mats, that are safe to use with your chickens or other outdoor animals. If you intend to utilize electrical or gas heaters be sure to contact the City of Wheat Ridge Building Department for a list of licensed contractors and for any permits that may be necessary in order to ensure the work is conducted in a safe and appropriate manner.

Some additional tips from hobbyfarms.com:

  • Some chicken keepers swear by heating the coop during the harshest of winters. While there is a benefit to using a heater or lamp (supplemental light means more winter eggs), consider the safety risk. Heaters plus dry pine shavings or other bedding can quickly become a fire hazard unless properly or professionally installed. Also consider the possibility of power outages and a subsequent drop in temperature. Chickens cannot adapt to a sudden plunge in mercury, and it could spell disaster for your entire flock in one night.
  • As an alternative, you can allow your chickens to gradually acclimate to the cooler weather during autumn without heat. In the fall, check your coop’s roof to ensure it won’t leak during heavy snows. Protect your chickens from heavy drafts, but be certain there is adequate ventilation in their enclosure. Accumulated moisture during the cold months can lead to frostbite.
  • Finally, don’t underestimate the effectiveness of insulation in your coop. Your birds will roost together and create a good amount of heat on their own (the equivalent of 10 watts of heat per chicken). All you have to do is help the heat stay there.

Additional strategies to help you avoid heating your coop can be found at this link: communitychickens.com

Please contact the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District with questions or for additional information at 303-403-5900.

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Comments (0) Jan 10 2014

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2012 Annual Report

Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District releases its 2012 Annual Report. Click here to see it and other important documents

Comments (0) Jun 10 2013

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9News: Wheat Ridge Fire Department provides better access for teen

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Wheat Ridge Fire Fighters donated their time and energy to assist a local family modify their home to allow wheelchair access for honorary Fire Chief Shawn Miller. Please click on the link below to view the 9 News story.

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Comments (0) May 21 2012

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