Stagecoach is a residential resort community which is located in the Yampa Valley in Routt County Colorado. It is adjacent to Stagecoach Lake State Park and is just a short drive from Steamboat Springs. The area offers hiking, biking, fishing, boating, skiing and even dog sledding along with residential opportunities in a beautiful natural setting.
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President’s Message – Winter 2018-2019
Wildfire! That word connotates a frightening situation for many. As you watched last year, several communities were destroyed in California. In addition, several wildfires occurred to the east of Stagecoach on the Routt National Forest. How can you best protect your family, your neighbors, your home and your property from wildfire? We have some suggestions for you.
First, consider attending the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Conference on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allbright Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College to help you understand wildfire mitigation, creating wildlife defensible zones, and what you can do to be prepared. Potential contractors will also be on site should you need assistance in implementing wildfire defensible space.
Second, work with your neighbors. Several fire mitigation grants were acquired and
implemented 8-10 years ago. Many of you have begun the process of creating defensible space around your properties and improving elements of your home to withstand a wildfire. Wildfire mitigation rarely results in insurance discounts, but it can help you get your property insured and/or keep your home insured. In addition, you have helped protect your family, your neighbors and your community. Of course, you are most successful if you work together to identify fire mitigation opportunities, create defensible space on all properties, and prepare yourself for evacuation.
Dr. Jack Cohen, who recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service, studied fire behavior and why homes burn extensively. He found that most homes burn, not from the flaming fire front, but from vulnerabilities around the home – whether it be wood piles near the wood-sided home, needles on the roof, or dry grasses underneath a deck that caught fire from embers or fire moving across the ground. The good news is there are many actions you can take to reduce wildfire risks, including specific methods for preventing combustion within the “home ignition zone,” that area within 100 feet of the home that is most vulnerable to fire. Many SPOA owners cannot reduce their wildfire risk without coordinating with neighbors. Working together, you can maximize the benefits and reduce everyone’s risk.
The SPOA Board has identified some high-risk areas. There are still a significant number of dead lodgepole pine that were killed by the mountain pine beetle. These provide more opportunities for a wildfire to start, and once ignited, prove to be more difficult to extinguish as can be seen by the extended wildfires that have occurred to the east of SPOA. Standing dead trees can also fall and impede ingress and egress routes and prove dangerous to the public and firefighters.
The following areas of dead trees in SPOA are a priority for fire mitigation opportunities and defensible space: Sky Hitch: Shay Way, Cutter, Hoch-Eye, and Common Space; South Station: Halter Trail; Eagles Watch: Broken Talon Way and Snowbird Way. Of course, the removal of most dead trees within SPOA will reduce wildfire risk.
Attached are some fire resources to assist you in understanding the risks and mitigation needed to improve the chances of saving your home and the lives of those around you.
“Fire 2012-1 Protecting Your Home from Wildfire: Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones
A Guide to Firewise Principles” and many other useful publications can be found on the
Colorado State Forest website at: www.csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation
And lastly, take strides to begin or improve your evacuation planning; it is a key element in preparing to live with the inevitable wildfire. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to register with Routt County’s Emergency Alert Notification System. Go to www.co.routt.co.us and click on the “Notify Me” button on the left side of the page. You will have the option to receive notifications via text or e-mail. If you need to evacuate, your notification will come through this system or possibly by a Sheriff’s deputy knocking on your door. You may receive what’s known as a Pre-Evacuation Notice or it may be a full evacuation notice. Either way, you need to be prepared. Preparation actions include:
Living in a wooded area near public lands increases your wildfire risk but it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Wildfire is actually easier to prepare for than some natural disasters. But it does take understanding your risk and undertaking some mitigation efforts to reduce that risk. Firefighters actually do a great job and put out about 98% of the wildfire starts every year. It’s those 2% that get away that make the news. Please look over the attached information and don’t hesitate to give us a call if you would like us to review your property and make recommendations, or actually do the mitigation work needed. We hope to see you at the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Conference on May 11!
Dear Stagecoach Property Owners,
The Stagecoach State Park has been working on several enhancements to the State Park and surrounding area. Although due to financial concerns, it appeared that the State Park was going to have to close the boat check-in station and ramp, the staff worked very hard to ensure it opened in 2018 and have committed to maintaining the same opening schedule for 2019. It should be noted that this commitment resulted in the park overspending the limited budget by $3,700 in 2018 and this will occur again in 2019. As a result, they are dependent in our partners and local user groups to contribute whenever possible if we are to maintain and improve the services we provide to our visitors.
This summer, the park added boat mooring points, a loaner life jacket station, a new grassed area and four picnic pads complete with BBQ boxes and tables to the area as well. They are committed to growing the use and facilities in this area and plan on adding a swim platform next summer.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management and Upper Yampa Water Conservation District staff have also continued to work on the development of a new trail that would connect federal and state managed lands. The planned trail will connect with the Elk Run Trail, just south of the dam wall and a possible new parking area at the terminus of Arapahoe Road where it abuts Stagecoach Stat Park.
Important New Information
Due to the location of the new trail and concerns with winter Elk Habitat, a Seasonal Winter Closure has been enacted for the BLM parcel adjoining the park above the South Shore Community. Signs have been posted with the closure dates from December 1st – April 30. Please respect this important closure.
Steamboat Association Management (SAM), a subsidiary of Resort Group, was selected by the Board of Directors as the Management Company for SPOA for a new one year contract for the 2018 Fiscal Year. SAM’s history of managing homeowners associations in Steamboat Springs dates back over 40 years. They work on behalf of the communities and are responsible for the financial and physical assets of the association. Please contact them with any questions or concerns.
Bryan Ayer - Association Manager
675 Snapdragon Way Suite 100
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.