Mark McCracken

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 14:58

Fire Update

The Larimer County Sheriff is reporting that the Stratton Park Fire had no growth overnight and is 75% contained at approximately 3-4 acres as of about 13:00 today. No air resources in the area today, 23 firefighters on-scene, and no structures threatened or injuries reported.

There is also a 0.1-acre fire on US Forest Service land near Pennock Pass. The USFS is on-scene and has not requested assistance from any other resources in the area.
Monday, 13 July 2020 21:58

Stratton Park Fire

There is a wildland fire burning about 3 miles north of Stratton Park, approximately 3-4 acres in size, and caused by a lightning strike. Although this is called the Stratton Park Fire, it is closer to Poudre Canyon than Stratton Park, near Kings Canyon Road. Poudre Canyon Fire is leading the management of it along with Larimer County Emergency Services. Rist Canyon units did extensive scouting for access from our canyon in case it becomes necessary, and a Type 1 helicopter and MMA fixed-wing aircraft are involved. Smoke jumpers and Roosevelt Hotshots are on-scene and will be working through the night for containment. LCSO Emergency Services predicts 100% containment by morning. No structures are threatened at this time.

The best source of information we have found so far has been the Larimer Sheriff twitter feed.
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 07:34

New Ristwatch

Hot off the presses, the new Ristwatch is available on the RCVFD website!
The Mountain Festival is an important source of support for the RCVFD. Especially given the 2020 Festival has been cancelled, if you would like to provide support these are ways you can help.

  • Take five minutes to select the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department as your designated charity associated with your King Soopers Rewards Card. Your fuel points and rewards are unaffected while the Department receives a generous 5 percent from all your purchases at King Soopers. If you don’t already have a free Rewards Card, request one from a cashier or at the service desk. Once that is done go to the King Soopers Community Awards website. Click on the link to enroll to set up an account or sign in if you already have one. Click “Community Rewards” from the list on the left, use the “Find an Organization” box, enter our NPO number YP687, and click search. It will verify you have selected the RCVFD, then click “Enroll.” Each time you shop at King Soopers with your Rewards Card, the Fire Department receives 5 percent of your total purchase while at the same time you receive Rewards Card savings on items including gasoline.
  • Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know with the added benefit of 5 percent of Amazon Smile purchases being donated to the charitable organization of your choice. Just go to or if you have an account sign in. Select Rist Canyon VFD as the charity you would like to give to, bookmark this website, and use it for all your Amazon purchases.
  • The Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department also is registered with the Colorado Gives Program. Donating is easy through the Colorado Gives website.
  • Lastly, donations may be sent directly to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department via our website or through good old-fashioned mail at PO Box 2, Bellvue, CO 80512.
Friday, 26 June 2020 08:09

Be Fire Wise

As we approach the 2020 fire season, we encourage everyone to be Fire Wise. Whether you live in the mountains or come to visit, awareness is the key factor. Be aware of the current fire conditions as last winter’s high moisture will result in more fast burning fuels. Know the rules of the high country, as making your time here safe and enjoyable is a paramount priority. Tips on how to be Fire Wise, and information about RCVFD are available at

Thursday, 25 June 2020 08:07

Skipping 2020 RCVFD Mountain Festival

In an abundance of caution, the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (RCVFD) 2020 Mountain Festival, originally planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, has been cancelled. “We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support during previous years and look forward to our being together on September 11, 2021,” said RCVFD Chief Jeff Elsner. “We are proud to annually provide an event for the entire family, so we want to ensure we can do that without putting our guests or volunteers at risk.” The RCVFD Mountain Festival annually is planned for the first Saturday after Labor Day.

“We want to wish everyone good health and safety through this unprecedented crisis,” said Chief Elsner. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 RCVFD Mountain Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021!”

For additional information please contact the Festival Coordinator, H.J. Siegel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Saturday, 21 March 2020 15:40

COVID-19 tips for Rist Canyon residents

We know you have probably been getting bombarded by COVID-19 emails by everyone from your friends/relatives to companies you didn't even know had your contact information. RCVFD doesn't want to add its voice to that crowd, but there are a few things we would like to suggest that may have a bit more relevance to our community.
  • If you want general information about the virus, recommendations about staying safe and healthy, and what to do if you get sick, check out our website. It has links to various other agencies as well as some great tips.

  • Our local businesses need our help, especially in the Laporte area. Many of them are still open in limited ways such as take-out service, and don't forget how supportive they were to all of us during the High Park Fire. Now is our chance to reciprocate.

  • Our neighbors may need our help, too. Do you know someone in a high-risk demographic? Perhaps they are older, or have health issues that make the virus more dangerous for them. Chances are they are significantly more isolated than average in the hopes of avoiding infection. Offer to plow their driveway, split their wood, pick up some groceries for them, or bring them a pizza.

  • Some of our neighbors are also businesses. While you may not feel comfortable going to a barber, nail salon, or massage therapist in town, perhaps one of your neighbors is one of these professions. Maybe they are out of work or have lost a large chunk of their customers because of the virus, and they could really use your business.

  • Our internet options are limited up here, but many of us have land-line phones. If you haven't already, now is a good time to exchange contact information with your neighbors in case it is needed later.

  • Speaking of phones, sign up for Reverse 911 right away. Also known as LETA, this program lets the county's emergency services contact you if there is an urgent need to do so. Like it or not, we will be entering wildland fire season soon, and knowing as early as possible about a threat impacting your safety is vital.

RCVFD is still planning on responding as usual, but be aware that as the situation changes, our response protocols will also change - we may make a more guarded response than normal, for example. We have taken steps to continue training and operational meetings while avoiding doing so face-to-face, so that we can protect ourselves as well as maintain an adequate "responder pool" in case we are needed. Help us keep our community safe by doing your part!

Jeff Elsner, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
Wednesday, 05 February 2020 08:34

Help the Book Bees


The Book Bees are starting to clean out the old and start collecting the new books for this year's festival. Our biggest problem is we need banana boxes - both top and bottom. There are only a few of us with trucks and we are in need of a large amount to get things going. We would appreciate the community collect some boxes for us. If you have a large amount, I will be glad to meet you at Station 1 and empty your vehicle. There is a place next to the fire station where some could be dropped off. If you are interested in joining us to sort, we do so on Friday mornings at 9:30 to around 11:30. We would love to have you come join us!

Carolyn Stanley
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Friday, 06 December 2019 10:19

Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives day is Tuesday, December 10, 2019! This great tradition is a dramatic way to show how much Coloradoans care, and I would encourage you to remember Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department when you are supporting your favorite non-profits. It's easy: go to the Colorado Gives website enter your donation. As you know, RCVFD is not a tax-based fire department, and we rely on the generosity of our community to provide emergency services to Rist Canyon, Stove Prairie, and Buckhorn Canyon.

Also, just a quick reminder that if you use instead of the normal "www" address when you shop at Amazon, you can direct Amazon to donate 0.5% of your purchases to RCVFD. This is a great no-cost way to help out, too!

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 2
Bellvue, CO 80512
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Friday, 22 November 2019 14:22

Prairie School Festival

The RCVFD Book Bees will be selling books and gift baskets at the Stove Prairie School Festival, Saturday, December 7. This is a small sampling of the baskets we have put together. Most of the gift baskets are priced under $20. We have also sorted out our nicest books for some fireside reading or a little gift. As always, our hardbacks are $2, and paperbacks are $1. Look for us outside!

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