Friends of the Lower Blue River support water access for fire fighting
During the winter months, fire protection remains a top concern for the Friends of the Lower Blue River (FOLBR). Much of the Lower Blue is not within a fire district and fire fighting water sources are very limited. For the second consecutive winter FOLBR has volunteered to be the “snowplowing backup” for a critical water-storage pond along Highway 9.One of the few readily accessible water sources in the Lower Blue during the winter is Gail and Larry Allen’s dry hydrant pond. Elmer Benjamin, normally keeps an access open for fire department pumper trucks to reach this pond. After big storms, his equipment cannot handle the larger snowdrifts. A nearby homeowners’ group then steps in and orders their plowing company to come in and assist. The FOLBR citizens’ group reimburses them for the additional work to retain access. This community effort is most important in maintaining a year-round supply of readily usable water in case of fire in the area. The Lower Blue has experienced several lightning and man-caused fires in the last two years. All the fires have been rapidly contained.
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