How has the Cameron Peak Fire affected our co-op?
The smoke has finally settled and we’re all getting back to what a normal life is. After 114 days, we’ve finally seen 100% containment on the Cameron Peak Fire. And although this brings good news to our northern Colorado community, we know we can see lasting issues for some time to come. But just as
we were here during the fire, we will continue to do our part to support our community for the years
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the first responders, including our line crews, who worked tirelessly to support those in need and minimize the fire’s impact. The response was a true team effort, led by Fire Incident Command and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department.
The Cameron Peak Fire damaged 20 miles of our lines and we replaced 400 poles. Line crews worked 9 weeks repairing and replacing our infrastructure. To date, that equals $3.5 million dollars in damages.
One question we know is on the forefront of our members’ minds is: How will we pay for these damages?
There are numerous ways in which we can offset this cost, without raising rates. And that’s the cooperative difference! The single largest effort that can be done is by holding off capital improvement projects in the current year so that our spending remains in check. It is important to note that the projects we opt to push into subsequent years do not impact the reliability of our local grid.
WE CAN HELP
To all our members, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were affected. We are here to help in any way that we can. If you were affected, have any billing questions or want to discuss payment assistance arrangements, please call our main office line during businesses hours to speak to a Member Services representative.