Property Owner Application Fee Waived from February 1st – 28th
PRESS RELEASE – The Timberline Fire Protection District is holding its annual open season for property inclusions into the district waiving the $300 processing fee. The application period runs from February 1st through February 28th. All applications received during this period will have this fee waived.
If you own property within or adjacent to the Timberline Fire Protection District boundaries that is not currently in a fire district, you are invited to be included into the Timberline District. We have changed to having annual open seasons for property inclusions to save costs for the district. Outside of the open season, we will be charging a $300 processing fee to be included into the district. We are encouraging property owners to take advantage of this open season.
If you are unsure of whether your property is in a fire district, there are several ways you can find out. Fire districts show up as a separate line item on your property tax bill. If there is no line item, you are probably not in a fire district. You can also contact our administrative office or the county assessor office and they will be able to tell you. If you live within the city limits of Central City or the City of Black Hawk, you are covered by the municipal departments and are not eligible for inclusion into a fire district. If you are already in another fire district, you are not eligible to apply for inclusion into the Timberline District. Properties exist within the overall boundaries of the district that are not part of the district.
While properties that are not in a fire district receive emergency services when they call 911, there are more benefits to being part of a fire district. There is little to no preplanning or preparedness done specifically for properties outside of the district. As an example, water supply is a big issue in our environment. Planning and preparedness for water supply is done based on the taxpayers of the district. Allocation of equipment and personnel during a major incident such as a wildfire is usually done based on protecting the properties within the district first. The district also has the ability to charge for emergency services provided to those that are not in a fire district.
Submitting an application for inclusion into the district does not guaranty that your property will be included into the district. We do not include properties that we do not have the capability to cover. Each property is evaluated on a case by case basis. If there are issues that can be corrected, we will notify you of these issues.
To apply for inclusion or get additional information, contact Jenifer Hinderman, Timberline Fire Business Manager at 303-582-5768, in person or by mail at 660 Highway 46, Black Hawk, CO 80422 (next to the Gilpin County Justice Center), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also go to the Timberline Web site at www.timberlinefire.com and click on the Inclusion Open Application Period tab at the top of the page. The application form is available there for download.
Timberline Fire Protection District will be holding a public forum on Saturday, February 7th from 2:00 until 5:00 to provide information on the benefits of being in a fire district, to verify if a property is in a fire district, to provide applications and assistance in filling out the application including notary services, and to answer questions. This forum will be held at Timberline Fire station #7 at 14908 Highway 119 (next to Taggert’s). Please call 303-582-5768 for directions or more information.
As a reminder to help us help you, please be safe. Check you smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries twice a year. Smoke detectors only last 10 years. If you have an older detector, consider replacing it with one that has a 10 year battery (lifetime). Make sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide detector. Winter brings its own challenges. Please use care when using heating appliances especially wood burning stoves and fireplaces. Keep chimneys clean and properly dispose of ashes. Thank you.