Just a heads up
that we’ve had another sighting of a
bobcat on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm
on Tanglewood, close to Highway 86.
Please keep an eye out for your
pets when they’re outside and update
me if anyone else sees him/her !!
P Posted (11/01/2012)
BTRHOA Board positions announced!
The BTRHOA Board of Directors has
announced the members of the board.
Please join us in welcoming them!!
President: Debra Quella
Vice Presidents: JoAnna
Halda and Carol Alexander
Treasurer: Kirby Ross
County Agencies encourage signing up
for new emergency notifications!
In an effort to take advantage of new technology and to continue
to ensure accurate crisis
communication with residents,
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and
all other Douglas County agencies
have transitioned to a new mass
notification system called Code
You can sign up for the
new program at the following
fire restrictions in place at this
Commissioners and Sheriff David A.
Weaver Suspend Fire Restrictions for
Unincorporated Douglas County
Effective October 9, 2012,
weather outlooks indicate the fire
danger/hazard for Douglas County has
been lessened. As a result, the
Douglas County Board of County
Commissioners has rescinded all fire
restrictions; this applies to
unincorporated Douglas County
including, U.S. Forest Service
Although the severe fire danger
has temporarily decreased, we must
all recognize that wildfire danger
does still pose a threat.
Sheriff David A. Weaver reminds
everyone to use caution when
starting and extinguishing
campfires, disposing of lighted
materials such as cigarettes, and
any other activities that involve
the use of fire or sparks.
There are two types of fire
restrictions that you need to be
Open burning of any kind.
Use and sale of fireworks.
Fires within liquid-fueled
or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces
within buildings, charcoal grill
fires within developed
residential or commercial areas,
and fires within wood burning
displays permitted according to
section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.
Fire suppression or fire
department training fires.
Tiki torches, small
recreational fires at developed
picnic or campground sites
contained in permanent fire pits
or fire grates with flame
lengths not in excess of four
feet and which are supervised by
a responsible person at least 21
years of age.
Violation of these fire
restrictions is a Class-2 Petty
Offense, punishable by up to a
$600.00 fine and a $22.00 surcharge.
Open burning of any kind.
Use and sale of fireworks.
Use of charcoal grills and
fires in chimineas, other
portable fireplaces or patio
Campfires at developed
campgrounds or picnic areas.
gas or liquid fueled stoves or
Theft Alert for Franktown and
The area of Franktown and Castlewood
Canyon, have recently been
experiencing a trend of mail theft.
Most of these crimes occur in rural
communities with unsecured mailboxes
away from the physical residences.
Information obtained from the mail
that is absconded is being used to
create fraudulent bank accounts or
completing bank transactions
resulting in identity theft for the
residents in these areas.
Douglas County as well as the metro
area has seen an increase in these
notify the Douglas County Sheriff’s
Office immediately of any suspicious
activity at 303-660-7500 or in an
emergency call 911.
DCSO wants to emphasize calling
in suspicious activity. This
information can help us to catch
perpetrators committing these types
of crimes. In a recent case, a
neighbor contacted DCSO about
suspicious occupants in a vehicle.
This report resulted in contacting
suspects that were getting ready to
burglarize several homes.
NOT TRY TO APPREHEND THE SUSPECTS
Here are a few tips to
help deter these types of crimes:
Don’t place checks in your
Don’t leave mail in
unsecured mailboxes for an
extended period of time.
As a reminder regarding your
Retrieve your mail as soon
as possible after it is
delivered. Consider using a
locked mailbox or a Post Office
box to receive your mail.
Deposit outgoing mail in a
blue collection box or at a Post
Office. If sending outgoing
mail from your residence, put it
out shortly before the letter
Provide your letter carrier
with the names of the people
that should receive mail at your
If you suspect your mail has
been stolen or diverted with a
false change of address, report
it to your local law enforcement
agency, the U.S. Postal
Inspection Service at
877-876-2455 and your local Post
Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has verified West Nile virus
infection in four residents of our
jurisdiction of Adams (2 cases),
Arapahoe (1 case), and Douglas (1
case) Counties. All four patients
were hospitalized; three have been
discharged home for recovery and one
remains hospitalized. These
are the first human West Nile Virus
infections reported to TCHD this
County Stage 2 Fire Restrictions!
June 18, 2012, The Douglas County
Board of Commissioners Reinstated
ordinance restricting open fires and
open burning in the unincorporated
areas of Douglas County including
the National Forest. By Order of
Sheriff David A. Weaver Stage
2 fire restrictions shall be in place until further
Executive Order of the Sheriff or
formal action by the Board of County
Commissioners. More information can
be found at:
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Reinstated
in Douglas County »
COUNTY HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL ROUNDUP!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Castle Rock Utilities, 175 Kellogg
Court, Castle Rock
Open to all residents of Douglas
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
We will accept:
House, garden, and pool chemicals •
Paint and paint products •
Automotive fluids • Fuels • Propane
tanks (1-20 lbs.) • Vehicle and
household batteries • Items
containing mercury • Ammunition
Aerosols • Fluorescent light bulbs,
CFLs • Passenger vehicle and pickup
truck tires (remove from rim)
We will NOT accept:
Business and commercial waste •
Radioactive waste • Electronic Waste
• Explosive waste • Smoke Detectors
• Waste containing asbestos •
Tractor tires • Scrap Metal
A payment of $25 is requested to
help offset the high cost of
hazardous waste disposal.
(If you would like to volunteer at
an event and dispose of your waste
for free, please call (720)
Latex Paint Waste Disposal and
• Cans of water-based paint can be
disposed of in regular household
garbage IF they are
completely dried out.
• Mixing the paint with kitty
litter, dirt, or concrete-mix will
help speed the drying process.
• Buy only what you need by
carefully estimating the square
footage of the surfaces to be
painted. One gallon of paint will
cover about 350 square feet.
• Ask your local paint store if they
provide small (1-2 ounce) samples
for color testing before investing
in gallons of paint.
• Give any leftover paint to a
neighbor in need.
ITEMS IN VEHICLE MUST BE SECURED,
EVENT SPONSORS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR
SPILLS INSIDE VEHICLES
For more information, call
720.200.1592 or visit
A timely reminder: March 24, 2012 will mark the one year
anniversary of the “Burning Tree
Fire”. It is also a reminder that
wild fires are a continuous threat
to our community. I urge you to get
outside during this nice weather and
take a hard look at your property.
Have you taken steps to protect your
home and property, and the Burning
Tree Community, from wild fires? If
not, please take advantage of the
fire mitigation grant that is
available to Burning Tree HOA
members until September 2012. The
grant described below still has
about $30,000 dollars available.
Please don’t let this money go
On April 27th, 2011 our application for a 50/50 matching funds
grant for fire mitigation was
approved for the requested amount of
$44,650 for 105 acres in BTR. This
sum is available for fire mitigation
projects until September 2012.
- Paid BTRHOA Membership.
- Understanding that the property owner is responsible for 100%
of costs and must pay all costs
prior to requesting reimbursement.
- A memo of
understanding must be signed and
submitted to the Fire Mitigation
Committee prior to starting
work. (See attachment).
- All work must meet standards of the Colorado State Forest
Service (CSFS) noted in the attached
Wildfire-Defensible Zones". The
publication is also in your CWPP
folder and can be downloaded from:
- Pre-project photos must be taken by the Fire Mitigation
Committee before work is started.
- All work under the grant must be done after April 27th, 2011
and must be finished by Sept 2012.
If interested, please review the attachments and contact Judy
Wilson, BTRHOA President
(303-688-4139), or email@example.com . The Fire Mitigation Committee
will only need to get a signed memo
and the photos.
You may choose your preferred contractor for this project. If you
have not done so see the list below
for suggestions. Make sure your
contractor is familiar with the CSFS
standards and can meet them.
Contractors: (or use your own
Franken, Owner, Dove Creek
Enterprises, Inc. in
Office: 303-840-1090 and cell
with a masticator and has done
extensive work in Burning Tree and
in DeerField. Bids are reasonable.
Kyle Anderson, owner, Anderson Tree
and Stump Removal,
719-964-5301. Works with a
masticator and has done extensive
work in BTR. Bids are reasonable.
Prairie Tree & Turf in Parker
Hardee, owner. O- 3-805-8777,
received from this contractor have
been higher than either Jeff Franken
or Kyle Anderson. The work is more
labor intensive but less invasive.
Mr. Hardee did the pine beetle
preventive tree spraying in BTR last
forward to another busy year getting
our community safer and at less risk
for wildfire damage. Please keep us
informed on how we can help you.
all who have completed fire
mitigation projects in previous
years. You are still eligible for
grant money if there is additional
work needed on your property.
you, the homeowner, can defend
against forest fires!!Here's a great quick article/link on what you as a homeowner can do
in the effort to prevent forest
fires in the area. It's a
short article but it's pack with
valuable information and
recommendations. Many thanks
to Mike Wonsik for bringing this
article to our attention. View
the article at:
(article credits to The Denver Post)
Please note that the current HOA
Treasurer Report can be located
under the "Downloads" tab under the
"BTRHOA Legal Documents" section.
Reports are in Adobe Acrobat PDF
from Sheriff David Weaver!
Below are two messages from Sheriff
David Weaver. These messages
are extremely important as we are in
fire season and want/ need our
public to be prepared in the event
of an emergency/ evacuation.
Creating a Grab and Go Bag in Case
of an Emergency by Sheriff Dave
Wow! Can anyone believe that
we are in the middle of one of the
worst fire danger periods since 2002
(Hayman Fire year)? AND IT IS
ONLY APRIL! The Burning Tree
fire in Parker last month is an
example of how the combination of
ultra-dry conditions, low humidity,
and strong winds can whip a small grass fire into a 1600 acre inferno in just a couple of hours.
The fast moving characteristics of
that fire resulted in the evacuation
of 8500 homes
in Burning Tree, The Pinery and
other nearby subdivisions.
How you would be notified of a need
My office has an Emergency
Management Staff that is responsible
for coordinating notification.
While they use many avenues to
inform the public such as alerts to
the media, the fastest and most
assured way used to alert those at
risk is through the County’s Citizen
Alert System (Everbridge) In order
to be sure you receive an evacuation
communication, you should register
with the County on this system.
You can visit our website at
www.dcsheriff.net and click on
the Emergency Mass Notification
System tab and follow the
instructions for sign up. This
system allows you to register not
only your primary phone number, but
also a cell phone, a work phone
number, a pager or to receive email
or text message to an I-Phone or
Blackberry or any other cell phone.
Thus you can easily be contacted
even if you were not home. The
system also permits you to register
someone in your home who might have
special needs, e.g., an elderly
person who is not mobile or someone
with a disability. You might
also be contacted via a
house-to-house search by my deputies
as was done in the recent Parker
area fire (this is extremely
time consuming and we would prefer
you be notified via the above
What do you take with you?
First, get yourself a large photo
organizer box or something similar
to create your 'grab and go' box.
Make sure it's a size you'll be able
to easily carry. You may want to get
one for each family member. This
will become your 'grab and go' box
in case of emergency.
This is category of Must Have items
that we often overlook. During
the recent evacuation of the Pinery
subdivision several residents took
valuable time to go back in their
houses to retrieve needed
medications. So your‘grab
and go’ box should include at least
a two day supply of mediations for
your entire family.
Next, you'll need to start gathering
all your important papers and make
copies of at least the first page
that contains your account number
contact number for each of your
policies or accounts should you need
to contact them after an emergency.
Having this information handy will
make it easier and quicker to
contact everyone after an emergency.
In your 'grab and go' box, make sure
you include items such as insurance
policy, homeowners policy or
renter's insurance, social security
card and driver's license. Don't
forget your life insurance policy
and credit card statements.
You may also want a copy of any
military and medical
records in your emergency 'grab and
go' box. It's also a good idea to
include copies of any professional
licenses and even your marriage
certificate. Personalize your
emergency grab and go box to include
all paperwork orinformation
that is important to you and your
Store grab and go box in a handy
Lastly, if you choose to have a
second box, use it for many of your
photos/memory books. Keep the box or
boxes handy in your bedroom on a
side table. It will look decorative
and in case there is an emergency,
you'll be able to get out with your
'grab and go' box and have your most
important papers and information
Finally, we are currently in the
highest level of fire danger.
That means NO OPEN FIRES. If
you are a smoker, be particularly
extinguishing your tobacco and
matches. The last time we had
such dangerous fire conditions was
in the summer of 2002. In June
of that year we experienced the
Hayman fire. Let’s not let
anything like that happen again.
David A. Weaver would like to remind
all Douglas County Residents how
they can receive information when an
emergency event is taking place
within the county. During
emergencies the Sheriff's Office
does its best to post the most
recent information regarding
evacuations and other public safety
concerns on dcsheriff.net. Residents
can subscribe to the dcsheriff news
blog and receive alerts
email, Facebook, and twitter, when
the blog is updated. To get the
latest information it is suggested
that county residents subscribe
today to the dcsheriff.net news
blog, Facebook (Douglas County
Sheriff) and Twitter (Dcsheriff) or
by going to dcsheriff.net and usingthe
Facebook and Twitter icon in the
middle of the home page.
If you are
a county resident please register
for the Emergency Mass
Notification System. The Douglas
County Sheriff's Office is able to
alert residents about fires, floods,
toxic environmental issues and other
emergencies using Everbridge Aware™
mass notification system. Messages
can be sent to residents on – cell
phone, home phone, email, text
messaging, pager, PDA and more –
ensuring that individuals that work
in the county or reside here receive
life-saving emergency information
and important public service
announcements. Any Qwest home
phone listed in the county's 9-1-1
database is automatically subscribed
to alerts by phone. If your home
phone service is any provider other
than Qwest, you will need to
contact your phone provider to
determine if you have been
registered. If you are not
registered please go to the below
link to register. It is
suggested that all county residents
and those that work in Douglas
County register and provide
additional contact information such
as cell phones, text messaging,home and
work email, etc…. (It is suggested
that if you work at a location that
has a large phone system or PBX type
system that you do not register your
work line). This will ensure you
will receive important emergency
information that is affecting your
residence or place of work, no
matter where you are. It is also
suggested that you include all forms
of communication devices for all
residents living at your address
Check out our new "Tradesman and
Contractor" page !! We've
created a new webpage of your
website that lists local and
regional tradesman and contractors
that have been used and recommended
by the residents in Burning Tree
Ranch. All contractors have
been notified that they would be
listed on our Webpage. All
listings are provided as a
convenience to all our friends
and neighbors of Burning Tree Ranch.
BTRHOA is not responsible/liable for
any work or activities performed by
any of the listed
tradesman/contractors. The new
webpage can be located by clicking
on the "Business Page" tab above or
by clicking on
If you have a
business/contractor that you've used
and you're pleased with their
performance please send their
details and contact information for
submission to this webpage.
Submissions or any questions on a
particular listing should be