Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch Owners Association
Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch Owners Association 

Forbes Wagon

Creek Ranch


The Best

of the West

Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch is located on the western slope Colorado's Sangre De Cristo Mountains between 8,260/ft and 10,530/Ft. above sea level. It is a gated, covenant protected, subdivision covering more than 17,000 acres in Costilla County. There are  404 ranch properties, which are 35 acres or larger in size.



7/11 The fire on the west side of the pass has been declared controled and there will be no further update meetions held by the black team. The shelter at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center will close Tomorrow afternoon 7/12.


Future updates to this page will be limited to recovery information that comes available unless there is a change from the controled status on our side of the pass.

If impacted by the Colorado wildfires, please call the Red Cross at 719-785-2768.



This is the report of house conditions prepared by the County Assessors Office. If you did not attend the notification meeting held last night 7/8, to recieve the photo of your house, you can email the county assessor to request the information. Include a copy of you ID in the email.

Costilla County Assessors House Inspection Report
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TUESDAY 7/10/18




Re-Entry times:

10:00 a.m. – Units G through L

11:00 a.m. – Units A through F

Property owners will need to have a Rapid Tag marked ‘FWCR’ to prove residency.

Rapid Tags will be available at 8:00 a.m. at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center.


Forbes Wagon Creek will move from mandatory evacuation to pre-evacuation status. Officials encourage residents to keep their Rapid Tags in case the situation changes.



Cell phone service is not yet restored. You will NOT have cell service when you return and we do not know when it will be restored. If you are uncomfortable without cell service, you may want to reconsider returning home at this time.

Be aware that fire activity may be ongoing, stay prepared.  THIS AREA REMAINS ON PRE-EVACUATION.  Be prepared to re-evacuate. If evacuation is necessary, law enforcement will be present to notify residents.

Do not stop or park on roadways, road restrictions may still be in effect.

Register your phone with Everbridge SLV E-911 @ or for those without internet, call 719-480-8469


If you believe your home has been broken into, do not touch anything and contact Dispatch @ 719-589-5807


ELECTRICAL: San Isabel Electric Association - (719) 547-2160

Linda Smith, SLV EPR Coordinator
San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Cell  (719) 937-3143
Office  (719) 587-5199
Relief and Recovery Assistance Guide
The purpose of this Relief and Recovery Guide is to connect Colorado residents affected by the Spring Fire with disaster assistance and information. This Guide lists information on many programs and agencies. Updates and verification are continuously being made to this document. Updates are available at
The Spring Fire Guide Costilla County 20[...]
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Propane Tanks


Be sure to contact your Propane provider to request a check of your system!



To all of our customers that have homes in the Spring Creek fire area in Forbes Park and surrounding sub divisions.

The Monte Vista Coop would like to inform you that any propane tanks that have damage or suspected damages from the fire are not safe to use. We also would like to advise residents not to restart propane systems until a qualified service technician has performed a leak check. If you are a customer of the Monte Vista Coop, please call to get on our list to get your system check and/or tank set scheduled.

Call the petroleum department at 719-852-5181.

Forest Service

Recovery Information

Fire Related Publications
Fire Related Publications.pdf
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Burn Severity Classifications
Burn Severity Classifications.pdf
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Insects and Diseases Associated with Forest Fire
Insects and Diseases Associated with For[...]
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Restoring Colorado's Forests Fund Flyer
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Vegetative Recovery after Wildfire
Vegetative Recovery after Wildfire.pdf
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Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire
Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire.pdf
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Post Fire Replanting and Safety Tips
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The re-entry process for areas that have known fire damage is designed to ensure the security of the investigation and the safety of residents. It will begin for each unit after law enforcement has cleared the unit, and it will proceed in phases for each area. Different areas may be in different phases of the process at the same time, depending on safety conditions, and officials may decide to skip phases they deem unnecessary.


Phase A-B – Utility companies, debris clearing crews, damage assessment teams, and other agencies will enter to ensure that the area is safe enough for residents to return.


Phase C – Limited re-entry for a short window of time for residents with Rapid Tag and photo identification (see Rapid Tag section below) and then everyone will need to come back out at the end of the window. Specifics will be released for this phase for each area as the information is available. When your area reaches this phase, it is a good sign and re-entry should not be far behind. We cannot estimate exactly how long between Phase B and Phase C.


Phase D – Re-entry for residents and businesses with Rapid Tags. Specifics will be announced when your area is nearing this phase. We recognize that many residents will need to travel to get here so we will try to give as much advance notice as possible.

A look at what we found at our house in FP


Today 7/7 we were able to visit our house in Forbes Park. While there we witnessed and reported a flare up along side Forbes Park Road and saw a sudden plume of smoke rise up over in Wagon Creek. Within minutes a Helicopter was dropping water on it.


It's easy to tell that firefighters saved the house. The charred bench on the deck was moved and the fire damaged log roof post did not stop burning on it's own. They are giving thier all for us!


I was able to retrive things like keys, the checkbook and etc to better operate the office from our hotel room. I also picked-up the election ballots and annual meeting materials, so we won't have to rerun the election.

Viarero Assists in Checking the Condition of WC Houses

Frank DiRico has been using the camera on the Viarero Tower to check the condition of houses for some of our owners. You can contact Frank at 970 768-3000. 


The camera link is

The map usually given as a handedout at the update meeting was not posted today


This link to the Fire heat map is bast viewed at the website. Please use the link below


Heat Map Link


National Interagency Fire Center


This site has interestiong maps and links

UPDATE by KKTV: Officials confirm an arrest has been made in the #SpringFire. A man is now facing arson charges after the fire has flared to more than 38,000 acres.


This man is now behind bars accused of starting the #SpringFire burning in Costilla and Huerfano Counties. Jesper Joergensen, 52, is facing arson charges.

READ MORE HERE:…/Fire-near-Fort-Garland-prompts-evacua…



Early news reports have said he was burning trash a more recent report says he was roasting meat over a fire pit

The Annual Meeting scheduled for Saturday 6/30 has been canceled.  The Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center is being used by the Red Cross as a Relief Center for those who have been evacuated.

There is a

Total Fire Ban




Hunting Map Updates


Do you want to change the hunting designation of your parcel? Please request a hunting authorization card and mark "hunting is permitted" or "hunting is not permitted", and mail it in!!


Change requests for the 2018 hunting season must be recieved by July 2, 2018 to be included on the 2018 hunting map. Cards recieved after July 2, 2018 will take effect in the 2019 hunting season.


To get a card, please contact the Manager at 719 379-2977 or




The roads committee has built a new parking area at the 160 gate (front gate) Anyone needing to park at the front gate please use this new parking area. Parking in the old parking area is not permitted.

Extra Dumpster

Available at

Kline and Merlo


It is to be used for household clean up only, not construction debris.

The Trash Dumpster

is at the Summer location. 


In the Fall, it will

return to the RR

Gate location for

easy access during 

the snow season.

During the summer months, the Trash Dumpster is now located next to the vehicle storage lot. This dumpster is to be used for household trash only.


Signage has been posted listing items that should not be placed in the dumpster. The sign also provides information about the local trash transfer stations and recycling firms.


Motitoring of the dumpster for improper dumping using cameras will be enhanced in this location. Improper dumping can result in fines.



FWCROA 1st Response Wildfire Unit



CALL 911


Then call the dispatcher at 719 379-0100


If you can not reach the dispatcher, call members of the team until you reach someone!!!

Max & Helga Klepp 719 379-0100
Response Team Leaders
Kerri Gillespie 719 354-3423
Steve Erickson

719 379-4933

719 439-0173


Tommy Bond

Patsy Bond

719 379-4097
Ken Connor

719 379-3850

641 919-4801

Glen Dobson

Sheron Dobson

719 379-2686
Micheal Haney 760 486-0962

Lynne Johnson

Scott Johnson

719 379-4940
Ted Johnson 719 379-4032

Leslie Neldner

719 379-3174

719 564-6792

Bill Peffer

520 204-3548

719 379-3505

David Ycedo 951 907-2123

Lori Erickson

719 379-4933

719 439-0173

The Brush Truck is filled with water and ready for the 2015 season. It is parked at Steve Erickson's to allow quick access to all areas of the ranch.

Colorado's emergency management website is a good source of information on Wildfires, Fire Bans flooding and other emergency situations.





Use of Lock-boxes

Because of concern for security breach, the following procedure for the use of lock boxes was adopted by the board on 8-2-2013:


All lock boxes used by FWCR Owners must have the NAME and LOT NUMBER of the owner clearly written on them. FWCR Owners must let the management know per phone call (719-379-2977) or email ( when the lock box is put up at the gate. The maximum time to leave your lock box at the gate is 2 weeks. Unauthorized lock boxes will be removed. Contractors are not allowed to use lock boxes.

2018 Slash Pile Site

The Slash pile site for 2018 will be at 289 Borman Dr from Kline down Borman. Signs showing the boundary for piles will be posted once spring thaw permits access to the location.


Please stack piles 8 feet wide and 8 feet high before adding to the length of the pile. This reduces the length of the pile and aids in the fall/winter burning. NO construction materials, stumps, or logs thicker than 8 inches are allowed.


ECC Quick Reference

Improvements Requiring Review & Approval from the Environmental Control Committee (ECC)

1. New Cabin or Home constructed on property


2. Physical Modifications to any property:



•Tool and Storage Sheds.

•Installation of: Solar Panels, Wind Generators, Non-Portable Electrical Generators, and Power Poles.


3. Exterior Modifications to an existing Structure or Residence:

•New Roof


•Architectural Additions: Porches, Decks, Garages, storage or any deviation to a previously approved construction project.

Improvements Not Requiring Review & Approval from the ECC

  • Repairs to existing roofs when color is unchanged, or materials   match.
  • Repairs and maintenance to existing Stain and or Paint.
  • Septic Systems & Water Wells. It is the responsibility of the landowner to secure County and State permits for drilling water wells, or installing a Septic System to be in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Any interior work such as adding or removing walls, electrical or plumbing work, new interior construction or renovation, etc.
  • Note: The State and County may require permits for certain types of work such as electrical modifications and or additions, as well as some plumbing work. Getting these permits is the responsibility of the owner.

Maps to find your way



Use the following link to view a google map of the area and to download a map of Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch


Go to Maps

Important Dates




Annual Meeting - Saturday June 30, 2018 at 2:00 PMBlanca/Fort Garland Community Center.

Board Meeting -  Saturday June 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM, Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center





Board Meeting -  Saturday July 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM,  at the Roadway Inn on Rt 160 in Alamosa.


The ballot count originaly planned for the Annual Meeting, that had to be canceled due to the "Spring Fire", will be conducted at the July Board meeting. 


Owners who wish to attend the July board meeting using the GoToMeeting service should send a request to 


Please include your name and lot number in the request. You will receive a reply by email with a login link for the meeting.


Wagon Creek Apparel

Attendees at last year’s Annual Meeting expressed interest in being able to order apparel with the Wagon Creek Ranch logo.


Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery located in Colorado Springs has set up the logo and is now on file. The logo shown is similar to the logo that was on the shirts provided by the Shaefer's over the many years they were at the ranch. I scanned this from a black tee shirt to give you an idea of how the logo will look. (Please ignore the quality of the scan) The color of the text can be changed based on the color of the item.


For those who are interested in purchasing shirts, jackets, caps, etc. with a Wagon Creek Ranch logo, you may go to and review all the products on which they can embroider a logo. (There are 100’s). Once you see something you like please send an email to Allison at to get a price quote and to place an order. Reference Wagon Creek Ranch.


As we have more time we may establish a few products that we can order in quantity so we can get discounted pricing.


If you have any thoughts please let me know.




Steve Erickson

 The Rio Grande Scenic RR Concert Trains will be running again this summer. Check out the entire schedule at;

Winter Access 

Winter Access information is on the Roads Committtee Page. Wagon Creek roads are not plowed. Primary access during the winter is by snowmobiles and tracked vehicles.

Go to the Roads Committtee Page

Colorado Highway Conditions

Not only do you have to plan for travel within Wagon Creek, but don't forget the trip here. Use this link to check road conditions on the CDOT website. There are status reports, cameras, construction warnings and travel alerts for the highways throughout the state


Water Delivery


Trinchera Water, you may call 719 379-3263 for service.


Weber Water in Walsenburg will be entering the water delivery busines after June 15, 2018.  Weber may be contacted at 719-738-2400, or cell 719-989-0387.


For those with the capability of hauling water for themselves, you may purchase water from the Fort Garland Water District.  Call them at 719-379-2660 to make arrangements. 

Unofficial Wagon Creek

Opinions expressed on the Unofficial Wagon Creek facebook page do not reflect those of the Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch Owners Association. offers a day to day view of life and events in Wagon Creek

Colorado Division of Wildlife: (719) 587-6900


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:  (719) 589-4021

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Forbes Wagon Creek ROA

P.O. Box 699
Fort Garland, CO 81133

Phone: +1 719 379-2977


The Wagon Creek Phone Service has been suspended due to line damage by the Fire, Please contact the office by email.


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