Aspen Fire Protection District

Elise Thatcher

A fire department in the Upper Valley says efforts this weekend to keep people out of high waters was successful.

The Aspen Fire Protection District wants people to be careful around high water this weekend. They’re putting officials at popular recreation spots this weekend to warn visitors and locals of the danger. The Roaring Fork River is the highest Fire Chief Rick Balentine has seen for years, and he expects river levels next week to be high as well, as the snow continues to melt up high.

Area Fire Officials Plan for 2015 Wildfire Season

Apr 29, 2015

About two dozen fire and municipal officials from the valley gathered at the Aspen Fire Station Monday morning to coordinate efforts for the coming year. The annual meeting is called a wildfire tabletop exercise. Parker Lathrop is Deputy Fire Chief with the Aspen Fire Protection District. He spoke to Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary.

About two dozen fire and municipal officials from the valley gathered at the Aspen Fire Station this morning  to coordinate efforts for the coming year. The meeting is called a wildfire tabletop exercise and aims to share knowledge on the lay of the land and resources available as wildfire season ramps up. Parker Lathrop is Deputy Fire Chief with the Aspen Fire Protection District. He says the drier than usual winter could create a challenge in the coming months.

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    Aspen’s Fire Department is doing extra fire prevention near Snowmass Village this spring, and expanding ongoing efforts on Red Mountain in Aspen. The goal is to limit the amount of fuels--or things that can burn-- near homes.

Marci Krivonen

The Aspen community  is mourning the passing a long-time volunteer firefighter and former teacher. The Aspen Times reports Willard Clapper died at his home on Thursday after battling lymphoma. Clapper was raised in Aspen and, was well-known and well-loved by his community. On Friday his fellow firefighters held a remembrance.

Marci Krivonen

Firefighters in Aspen today marked the 13th anniversary of 9-11 with a somber ceremony. The event not only recognized the World Trade Center attacks, but also touched on President Obama’s recent efforts to root out Islamic State extremists. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The mood was reflective and somber as local firefighters lined up outside the Aspen firehouse just after noon. A large American Flag waved high overhead as a group of more than 100 people gathered. A bell rang to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

Marci Krivonen

Even though there’s still snow on the ground, local planning is already happening around wildfires. Prompted by large and destructive fires in recent years, the City of Aspen, Pitkin County and the local fire protection district are working together to make neighborhoods safer. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

It’s lightly snowing in a neighborhood east of Aspen as firefighter Parker Lathrop makes his way up a winding, paved road.