On 03/24/11 Douglas County experienced a 1600 acre Wildland Fire near Franktown, The Burning Tree Fire. This fire temporarily displaced thousands of residents and 150 horses and other animals.
Sheriff David A. Weaver said “I truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication by everyone that helped with the Burning Tree Fire. If it were not for the quick action and participation/ cooperation of the Firefighters, evacuated citizens, emergency personnel, air support, volunteers, local Law Enforcement Agencies, the Douglas County School District, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Douglas Elbert Horse Council, American Humane Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation, citizens with horse trailers, Big R, State Division of Emergency Management, Colorado state Forest Service and many other individuals and agencies that responded, the outcome would not have been as positive as it was. 28 agencies responded with over 300 personnel. The teamwork and coordination displayed was outstanding and helped to minimize damage to property. Most importantly, there was no loss of life and no injuries and only minor damage to one structure. I continue to be proud of the citizens of this County for their ability to work together in good times and bad. Thank you to all.”
Sheriff David A. Weaver would like to remind all Douglas County Residents how they can receive information when an emergency event is taking place within the county. During emergencies the Sheriff’s Office does its best to post the most recent information regarding evacuations and other public safety concerns on dcsheriff.net. Residents can subscribe to the dcsheriff news blog and receive alerts via email, facebook, and twitter, when the blog is updated. To get the latest information it is suggested that county residents subscribe today to the dcsheriff.net news blog, Facebook (Douglas County Sheriff) and Twitter (Dcsheriff) or by going to dcsheriff.net and using the Facebook and Twitter icon in the middle of the home page.
Sheriff’s Office news can be accessed here: http://blogs.douglas.co.us/sheriff/
If you are a county resident please register for the Emergency Mass Notification System. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is able to alert residents about fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other emergencies using Everbridge Aware™ mass notification system. Messages can be sent to residents on – cell phone, home phone, email, text messaging, pager, PDA and more – ensuring that individuals that work in the county or reside here receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements. Any Qwest home phone listed in the county’s 9-1-1 database is automatically subscribed to alerts by phone. If your home phone service is any provider other than Qwest, you will need to contact your phone provider to determine if you have been registered. If you are not registered please go to the below link to register. It is suggested that all county residents and those that work in Douglas County register and provide additional contact information such as cell phones, text messaging, home and work email, etc…. (It is suggested that if you work at a location that has a large phone system or PBX type system that you do not register your work line). This will ensure you will receive important emergency information that is affecting your residence or place of work, no matter where you are. It is also suggested that you include all forms of communication devices for all residents living at your address including children.
Register for the Emergency Mass Notification System here: http://dcsheriff.net/Emergency_Mass_Notification_System.html