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Clancy Volunteer Fire Department

2018 NEWS:

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:43 Written by Chick Bruce Sunday, 04 September 2016 16:52
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Effective July 12th at midnight tonight all open burning will be closed in Jefferson County. This decision was made due to rapidly changing fuel conditions, and an extended forecast for hot, dry, and windy weather. This does not affect campfires within a fire ring. This closure will remain in effect until a significant weather pattern shift happens and moisture returns to the area. We want to thank you all for your understanding. Please be sure if you have had a controlled burn recently please check it to be sure it is DEAD OUT. By state law if you light it you are responsible for it if it gets away. Big debris piles can hold heat for weeks so please check, and double check. Fire season is here. Thank you from your local and friendly Clancy VFD





A couple of information opportunities for everyone:

The National Weather Service will be conducting "Public Weather Spotting" training this month at Gruber Station on Wednesday, June 20th. This is regular monthly training for CVFD members, but it is also open to the public and our neighbor fire fighters. The NWS training will cover local seasonal weather patterns and how to identify and predict changes in conditions. For wildland fire fighters, changing weather conditions are a critical part of maintaining situational awareness and staying safe. Anyone who is interested in local weather and practical forecast techniques should plan to attend. The class will begin at 6:30. Hope we see you there.


Tri-County Fire Safe Working Group is presenting two very special evenings with two fascinating guests speakers. Tony Gossner, the Fire Chief for the City of Santa Rosa (CA) will be on hand to discuss the chaotic fires and evacuations and how we can better prepare ourselves to avoid some of the issues residents faced during the horrible fires n 2017. Also on hand is Fire Scientist Mark Finney who shares fire history and how it can us all prepare for the fires of the future. The first program is June 26th at the Myrna Loy Theater in Helena, and then the next day, June 27th, the program will be repeated at Helena Middle School. Fire fighters are encouraged to attend the June 27th program in consideration of the seating available. We hope you can plan to attend one of there excellent presentations.


Tri-County Fire Safe Presentation



Updated Information about Flooding

May 14th, 2018

The BLM will be placing additional road barriers at the culvert washout to prevent smaller vehicles from going around the current road block.  Additionally, the BLM plans to perform a temporary repair to the road as soon as the water level allows the work to be completed.  Finally, the BLM has stated that they plan to perform a permanent fix to the road in the summer of 2019.

In related road closure information, Hubbard Lane south of Boulder has been re-opened by the Jefferson County Road Department.

The National Weather Service is allowing the current areal flood advisory to expire, however the forecast for mid to late this week calls for another active weather pattern which could bring up to ¾” of rain to areas of Jefferson County below 7000’, so water levels could again rise and lead to additional flooding and flood related advisories or warnings.


May 13th, 2018

Sheep Mountain Rd. will be closed until further notice due to the culvert at the bottom being washed out. At this time it is unknown when the culvert will be repaired/replaced. If there are any questions or concerns feel free to contact Doug Dodge at (406)439-6083.

Sheep Mountain Road Closure


CVFD Elects New Chief, and Re-elects it's Treasurer

Clancy Volunteer Fire Fighters elected a new Chief at their regularly scheduled business meeting in January. Bob Johnson, a seventeen year member of the department, was selected to serve as the new Chief, taking over for Chad Parks who served for the past six years in that capacity. Bert Obert was re-elected as the CVFD Treasurer, a position he has held for several years.

CVFD Chief Bob Johnson Clancy VFD Chief Bob Johnson

CVFD Assistant Chief/Treasurer Bert Obert

Following his election, Bob took the time to address CVFD members and read a partial list of accomplishments his predecessor was responsible for, and acknowledge the importance of the work Chief Parks did during his tenure. This Bob’s second time serving as CVFD Chief, having also been chosen in 2000. Bob was serving as the department’s Equipment Officer before gaining the Chief role, maintaining the department’s fire fighting equipment inventory.

He’s been married to Sue – who works at Clancy Elementary School – for twenty-eight  years, and has two sons, Cody and Jason. Jason is also an active member in the Clancy VFD. Like most fire fighters, Bob loves the outdoors, and takes time for hunting and fishing. His main pastime, though, is what he described as “my mid-life crisis of running”. Bob has competed in full marathons and Ultra-50K races.
Bob came to the Clancy area twenty-eight years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He had never served on a volunteer fire department before becoming a member of Clancy VFD, but like many members, joined to help the community. He recalls one of his first years with the department:  “The fire season of 2000 was my “baptism by fire”. I was a newly elected chief and as most people will remember, it seemed that everything in the county was burning. I learned what living in a small community was all about. The support was overwhelming from the people, local business, and fellow firefighters. I wouldn’t care to have a repeat of 2000 but glad that I was able to experience it.”

Fire fighter Bert Obert was re-elected to another term as the department Treasurer. Bert joined CVFD in 1997 when he was transferred to the Clancy area by his employer, the Montana Highway Patrol. “My wife Pam and I very much enjoy living in the Clancy area and have made a lot of very close friends in the area,” Bert said. “We all know volunteering is something that fewer and fewer people are willing to do but if they give it a chance they will soon realize it is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.”

Clancy VFD officers serve two-year terms, and will elect a Business President and Secretary next January.


Monthly Department Meeting

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00 Written by Administrator Monday, 10 January 2011 18:45
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Attending the monthly department meeting were two guests, both involved in recent firecalls. The first group were the property owners where the department responded on consecutive days to contain and control burning slash piles that spread in moderate winds. The owners were very grateful for the efforts and professionalism of the Clancy Volunteer Firefighters, and expressed their gratitude with a financial contribution to the department, and providing a plate of homemade cookies for the meeting. The second guest was the supervisor of the organization performing the prescribed burn, who stressed that his company had been contracted by the state and US Forest Service to perform these burns, had done many similar type fires in the past, and had taken all precautions to ensure safety and property protection. The unexpectedly high winds, combined with fewer onsite resources contributed to the fires spreading beyond the piles and past fire lines. CVFD had responded and rather than extinguish the fires, dug larger fire lines around each pile and contained the fires. However, they had to respond the next day because the winds had caused embers to jump across the lines and spread to nearby brush. CVFD put the fires out on their second visit. The discussion at the meeting was informative, and stressed both the need to burn the debris piles from the beetle-kill cleanup efforts, but also to plan for unexpected events and weather.

New Citizen Evacuation Guide

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 March 2011 12:59 Written by Chick Bruce Monday, 10 January 2011 18:44
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CVFD Information Officer, Pat McKelvey, proudly distributed copies of a new Citizen Evacuation Guide that was created by the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group. The document is an excellent guide for local residents to assist in developing emergency evacuation plans, then practicing and implementing the plans when fire emergencies occur. Department members took copies to distribute in their local neighborhoods and community meeting centers. The Tri-County FireSafe Working Group is comprised of fire fighters, EMS personnel and law enforcement agencies in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties. The group put the plan together after discussions about how previous evacuation efforts have fared. Montana residents legally cannot be forced to evacuate by fire fighters or law enforcement officers, so the group felt providing accurate and easy to follow information would help future efforts. McKelvey said when deputies and fire officials show up at a home they feel needs to be evacuated, residents can be asked if they have a plan in place, or need assistance in evacuating. Those who refuse to follow the guidance and evacuate are asked one follow up question: "Who is your next of kin?"

An electronic copy (PDF) of the Citizen Evacuation Guide and many other interesting fire protection documents can be found at this site:


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