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Fire or No Fire?

Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , on 05-29-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoIn spite of the rain, temporary fire restrictions are still in effect, and many counties still have a fire ban. This means an outdoor fire must be built in a permanently constructed fire grate, and any outdoor smoking must be done in a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area of at least three feet diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material. However, there are exemptions to these restrictions. For instance, you are exempt if you obtain a fire permit or you are a Law Enforcement or Fire Officer acting in the performance of an official duty. There are other exemptions outlined by the Jefferson County Sheriff. Do you know what they are?

  • Any fires contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices.
  • Charcoal grill fires at private residences or within a permanently constructed grate in a developed park, campground, or picnic area.
  • Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies and for which a valid written permit has been granted in advance by the local Fire Department or District.
  • Permissible fireworks, provided that all combustible material is adequately cleared above and around the fireworks being used.

Check your local county sheriff’s office or website for detailed fire restrictions. The restrictions exist to keep our community safe. Please be aware of the fire danger and take adequate precautions. Thank you!


Never Let Up

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , on 05-12-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , on 04-27-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoWe are so thankful for the rain today. However, with a bad fire season and drought predicted for the summer, we need to be vigilant when protecting ourselves from fire. These are some things to avoid:

  • Anything which produces an open flame or has the potential to create an uncontrolled fire.
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using any fire to burn trash, debris, fence rows or vegetation, or any campfire or warming fire.

We all know an open fire can suddenly and unexpectedly get out of control. However, sparks are something we may not always be on guard for, although we know their deadly potential. Periodically check your vehicle to make sure nothing is dragging along the road, throwing those dangerous sparks. If you hook up a trailer, make sure your chains are secure. If we each do our part, we can all be safer this fire season. Check the Jefferson County Sheriff website here to see the published fire ban.

Toffee Squares

Posted in 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 03-21-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

These are so good, very easy, and will make your house smell heavenly.

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1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 pound milk chocolate

1 cup chopped (or sliced) almonds.


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, vanilla and flour and mix well.

Pat onto an ungreased 9×13-inch baking sheet. Bake at 350˚ F for 20 minutes.

Break chocolate into pieces. Place on top while warm. As it melts, gently spread chocolate with a knife or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle almonds on top. Cut while warm (this is important because the bars harden as they cool). Enjoy!!

Juggernaut at Cactus Jack’s

Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03-12-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoJuggernaut, based in Evergreen Colorado, is a Classic Rock Band playing parties, clubs, and special events. With vast and varied experience, Juggernaut delivers a dynamic array of music from the 70’s and 80’s. Due to a last minute band change, you can rock out with Juggernaut at Cactus Jack’s Saloon and Grill on March 16th at 9 P.M. 


Cactus Jack’s is the place for live music in Evergreen. They’ve also got a great menu. If you’ve never stopped by, you’re missing a landmark here in Evergreen. Come on in – they’d love to see you!

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Cactus Jack’s is our music stage sponsor here at The Big Chili. We love their involvement in the community and their support of our local fire departments and firefighters. Thanks, Cactus Jack’s!


Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill

4651 Highway 73

Evergreen, Co 80439


1stBank Evergreen – Doing it Again

Posted in 2011, 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03-02-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

The Big Chili Cook-off Music and Arts Festival is going for bigger, better, let’s blow the doors off this year, and 1stBank Evergreen has climbed on for the ride.  They were a big sponsor last year and they have signed on again.  The Big Chili is thrilled to put our names on the same marquis as 1stBank.  They are a bank that has embedded themselves in the mountain community, offering their support to a wide variety of organizations, doing their part to keep it all moving.  It is a matter of heroes honoring heroes, when 1stBank steps up to support our Volunteer Firefighters.  As the saying goes, it takes one to know one! Thank you 1stBank!

Everyone Goes Home

Posted in 2012, History, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on 02-25-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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