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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Summer Wildland Fire Evacuation Siren Being Installed in North Wildridge

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Summer Wildland Fire Evacuation Siren Being
Installed in North Wildridge 

New siren will be tested on Tuesday and Wednesday this week during annual evacuation exercise on Wednesday

 

The Town of Avon is installing a Summer Wildland Fire Evacuation Siren in north Wildridge. The siren will be co-located with communications equipment owned by the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District at 5700 Wildridge Road East, on a Town-owned site. This public safety device will be used if there is a pre-evacuation or evacuation order for Wildridge residents.

This safety siren will be used in the event of a wildland fire emergency. The siren alert is in addition to cell phone notifications that are sent to residents out of concern that some notifications may not be received, for example at night. The siren is the same device used by the Bachelor Gulch community for wildland fire evacuation alerts. This siren enhances Avon's commitment to protect its residents and guests in the event of a wildland fire emergency in or around the Wildridge subdivision.

Residents will hear the siren several times while being tested on Tuesday, May 25th. There will be a three-minute siren signal on Wednesday morning between 9:00 a.m. and noon during the Avon Police Department’s Annual Wildridge Evacuation Exercise. The exercise will test the alternative evacuation routes west of Wildridge. In addition, the siren will be tested for approximately ten seconds once a month to ensure operational capability and a requirement to turn over the siren motors monthly.

For questions about the wildland fire siren, please contact the Avon Police Department at (970) 748-4040.

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