Colorado Fire Danger!

Fire Danger!  The state is so dry!  Snow and rain fall have been well below the average for the whole season.  Thank goodness for what we received in April as we almost caught up to last year’s snowpack, but is still below the average.  Snowpack is what melts and fills up our creeks and ponds.  Unfortunately, today marks the “normal peak date” for snowpack.  Now we can only hope for a long rainy season to help prevent any wildfires from spreading quickly through all the dry vegetation!

Firewise Community Work Day & Monthly Association Meeting

Firewise Community Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th.  It will begin at 9 a.m. with a 15 minute mitigation training presentation, assess the needs of our neighbors, and then develop a plan of action.  The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will provide lunch, please contact us to let us know you will be there.  Monthly Association meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 2nd.  Progress on all current projects will be discussed.  Meet in the basement of the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey, for both events.  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or

Park County Public Works will be Tree Cutting

Written by:  Greg Kasparek, Right of Way Manager, Park County Public Works

Park County Public Works will be conducting limbing, tree cutting and other vegetation control measures in the County Right-of-Way this summer.  We will only be working in the right-of-way and not on private property.

These vegetation control measures are to help keep the clear zone along the roadway open, to provide clear sight lines, to help facilitate plowing and maintenance operations, to help with fire control and evacuation routes, and to help with the overall safety of the traveling public.

This work will be done as time and personnel are available and will be ongoing.  Anything you can do to get this information out to your members would be very helpful.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at 719-836-4277.

Firewise Community Work Day – April 28th

If you are interested in becoming involved, able to volunteer, or need volunteer help to mitigate your property, please contact our ECHPOA Firewise Committee listed below.  On Saturday, April 28th, we will all meet at 9am in the basement of the ECHPOA Building, and develop a plan of action to help our neighbors by participating in a Firewise Community Work Day.  Bring gloves and tools such as saws, rakes, shovels, and weed wackers.  We will break for lunch at noon, pizza, salad, and bottled water will be provided by ECHPOA.  Depending on the weather, we will either eat lunch at the pond or in the ECHPOA Building.  Depending on how much help we have and how much work is needed, additional work days may be scheduled and announced later.  Current ECHPOA members will have priority.  Please let us know if you will be there for lunch so we can plan on enough food.

Paul Ellis,, 720-903-0502

Tim Bradley,, 303-816-9446

Harris Park Shooting Range – Less Than a Year Later

It has been less than a year since volunteers from our community spent 2 days cleaning up the trash left behind at the Harris Park Shooting Range and the area now again looks like a trash site!

On March 30th, Channel 7 News took pictures and reported that spent shell casings, empty ammo boxes and riddled targets litter the grounds of the range located in the Pike National Forest.  People living in the community, tired of the trash, noise and fire danger, feel there should be a conversation with the Forest Service about shutting it down.

To see the full Channel 7 News report, go to:

To see the article posted on this blog last year about the clean up dates, go to: