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Welcome to the Big Sandy Fire Protection District / Simla Volunteer Fire Department homepage!

The District covers over 500 square miles of Eastern Elbert and Northeastern El Paso Counties with Fire and EMS services, and is a combination volunteer/paid Fire/EMS department. The ongoing success and operation is a testament to both the supportive residents of the area we cover and the devoted volunteers that have donated countless hours of training and community service to keep this department moving forward.

The Big Sandy Fire Protection District has been slowly updating their apparatus through funds raised through the special tax district to better protect you and your property better. We have lowered our ISO rating by 1 point through this effort which in effect will lower your house and property insurance. Your support, as always, is appreciated and we look forward to serving you as the Big Sandy Fire Protection District!

The department is always looking for more volunteers that would like to serve their community. We look forward to meeting anyone who has an interest in volunteering. The Big Sandy FPD is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors that will always put the community fire and medical protection interests first.

So thanks again for visiting, and we look forward to seeing you again!

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11/12/2017 3:10 p.m. MST - EXECUTIVE ORDER; Modifying Burning Restrictions to STAGE III RESTRICTIONS


Date: Effective November 12, 2017

Elbert County moves to Stage III burn restrictions.

Pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado, by Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended by Amendment 1 to Ordinance No. 06-01, and Colorado Revised Statute 30-10-512, I, Sheriff Shayne Heap, hereby issue this Executive Order pertaining to the declaration of the open fire and open burning restrictions.


Elbert County has been under Stage II restrictions, based upon recommendations of local Fire Chiefs, lack of moisture and recent fire activity, it is determined that an increase from STAGE II RESTRICTIONS to STAGE III RESTRICTIONS is warranted..

STAGE III RESTRICTIONS shall prohibit the following activities:
a. Open burning of any kind.
b. Outdoor smoking, excepting smoking within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
c. The sale or use of fireworks.
d. Use of educational rockets.
e. Use of indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves without an approved chimney spark arrestor.
f. Use of recreational motor vehicles without an approved forest service spark arrestor.

The STAGE III RESTRICTIONS shall take effect immediately upon the issuance of this Executive Order. The STAGE III RESTRICTIONS shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified by either the Elbert County Sheriff or by the Board of County Commissioners of Elbert County pursuant to Ordinance No. 06-01, as amended.

Elbert County Ordinance 06-01 is available at www.elbertcountysheriff.com under County Ordinance.

Shayne Heap
Elbert County Sheriff

Officials remind the community that with the increase in the burn restrictions, Elbert County is at a high level for the potential for fire danger. All burning, as always, requires a permit from your local fire authority or district. Residents must obtain the proper fire permitting with your local Fire Protection District to burn at your home or business.

Be sure to sign up for reverse notification on Code Red to receive critical messages to your home telephone, cellular telephone and email or text in the event you are ever needed to evacuate during wildfires. You can find the link at www.elbertcounty-co.gov titled "Code Red" located on the left side of the screen. Be sure to follow us on social media for updates and information on safety and preparedness on a regular basis. Thank you!

A good website for Fire Weather Zone updates is NOAA's National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office site at:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bou/firewx/fire_mainmap.php . This site immediately displays a map of the Colorado Zones by number. Click on the Zone and it delivers the area specific report.

For further information call the Elbert County Office of Emergency
Management at 303.805.6131 or your LOCAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT .

About the Web Site

The Fire Page has fire prevention information as well as apparatus images. The EMS Page includes seasonal medical information as well as links to the major hospitals in the Denver/Colorado Springs Region. There's even a Kids Page with resources geared toward younger audiences.

The Incident Images and Sponsored Events pages provide graphic glimpses of what we do on calls, in training, and sometimes just having fun.

The Burn Permit page contains information about conducting a controlled burn, and how to go about getting a permit for it.

Interested in Volunteering? We'd like to hear from you! NO experience is necessary, just a sincere willingness to be part of a team and able to donate some time and effort toward a very worthy cause.

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Email account access and other Member information is now available from the Member Resource Page. If you have any access problems please contact me by phone or email. Chief 210


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