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CRFD conducts wildland training burn

To maintain public safety, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has to be ready for anything. That’s why they’ll be training on top of Santa Fe Quarry Butte today.

Starting this morning, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is conducting a willand fire training burn on the Santa Fe Quarry on the west side of Town. This small, 10-acre training burn will give firefighters the opportunity to hone their wildland firefighting skills while preparing the surrounding area for wildfire season. They’ll be training periodically on top of the butte through the summer. 

Here’s what to know about the training burn:

  • The fire department has specific guidelines and procedures on when they can and can’t perform the training burn. Weather and wind are key factors in these guidelines, which at this time of year, can provide narrow windows of opportunity to complete the training.  

  • Flames and smoke will be visible during the training burn. If you see flames and smoke, check the Town’s social media to see if the training is being conducted.  If training is being done, please DO NOT call 911.

  • A number of fire trucks and vehicles, as well as firefighters will be working in the area during the training burn, and their safety along with yours is the No. 1 priority. Please do not attempt to enter the training site or approach the firefighters during the active burn.
As with any outdoor training in Colorado, this schedule depends on weather and could change on very short notice.  For the most current information, stay tuned to message signs in the area and to the Town’s social media – Facebook and Nextdoor.  However, due to the narrow window, notification may occur in less than 48 hours from when this training will begin.

Wildland fire poses a significant threat to Castle Rock and Colorado as a whole. It is important that our firefighters are well trained to face this challenge in our community.

Questions? Call Deputy Fire Chief Norris Croom or Fire Chief Art Morales at 303-660-1066.
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