Location, location, location: our wildland-urban interface provides the top 3 reasons why Firecamp is such a great place to train. A little over a half-mile from the lodge, the FR 219 Fire (named for Forest Road 219, the service road that runs underneath the high-voltage transmission lines) was contained to about an acre on the afternoon of April 23rd by USFS and Chaffee County Fire Protection District firefighters. Photo courtesy of Rick Gorrentz.
Get directions from Google Maps (Please note, we are attempting to correct our location on Google: we are 1/2 mile north of US Highway 50 on County Road 240 — not on Washout Road.)
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We are located 12 miles west of Salida and 1/2 mile north of Highway
50 at Maysville. Some on-line mapping websites wrongly show the address
of 9008 County Road 240 as 9 miles north from the highway — which is
a scenic but very rough drive to North Fork Reservoir. Click this link
to the Google
Maps for directions to Firecamp.
Colorado Firecamp (lodge
and 'barn'- right center) as seen from Kent's favorite vantage point:
in the saddle on his horse, Cloud.
View from the lodge
dining room. Great spot for an early morning cup of coffee or to listen
to the evening's wildfire war stories over a drink from the bar.
The horses and llamas
don't use this 'barn.' Inside are two classrooms, a workout room, swimming
pool, and basketball court upstairs.
If the basketball court
and swimming pool aren't enough for your physical fitness needs, you can
always load 45 pounds in a pack and go for a hike.
Picture of lodge and
mix of ponderosa pine in dominant pinyon/juniper fuel type on east ridge
with a west/southwest aspect and 75 to 100% slope subject to strong diurnal
winds. And, oh yeah, also shown: Chinook, a yearling paint colt.