Upcoming Events


Don't forget to enter your volunteer hours for March if you haven't already! Every hour Counts!

April News! Chipper Rebate begins again for 2015 starting April 1st!

April 24th - 26th, Red Cross Disaster Training Academy
Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of different disaster preparedness needs and positions. Training is free, call 970-242-6646 to sign up.

April 26th, Application Deadline for the Kickstart Grant

April 27th - 29th, Severe Storm Spotter Training, 6:00PM - 9:00PM
April 27th - Cortez Journal Community Room, 12 N. Roger Smith Ave., Cortez, CO
April 28th - Archuleta Co. Emergency Operations Center, 777 C.R. 600, Pagosa Springs, CO
April 29th - Animas Room County Extension Center, Fairgrounds, Durango, CO
There is no fee for this class and no RSVP needed.

April 30th, Defensible Space Workshop, 9:AM - Noon
Meet in front of 268 Pike, Pagosa Springs. RSVP to Bill Tramarco, 970-398-0305

May 2nd, National Wildfire Preparedness Day!!

Calling all La Plata County Ambassadors! Today is the day to distribute FireWise door hangers in yours and surrounding communities as you are able! Door Hangers will be available for pick up at the Public Lands Center starting Friday afternoon, April 24th, in the SJMA office.

Montezuma County - Cortez Middle School has an amazing essay contest going on, contact Rebecca Samulski for more info!

Archuleta County - People, Projects, Purpose - Can your home survive a wildfire? Films and Discussion
Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave. 3:00PM - 5:00PM. Contact Sharon Fearon - 970-731-5635x203

May 19th - 21st, Certified Burner Class, by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control
Upper Pine Fire Protection District, 515 Sower Dr., Bayfield, Class is Free of charge.
Register with Ryan McCulley @ ryan.mcculley@state.co.us or call 970-765-6279
May 19th - 1:00PM - 5:00PM
May 20th - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
May 21st - 8:00AM - 5:00PM 

May 26th, FireWise of SW Colorado Ambassador Meeting, 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Ct., Durango

Check out the Flyer in our News section for more information on all of these events!








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SW Colorado Firewise


  • Network and share with other Firewise-minded individuals
  • Gain access to fire education resources and materials
  • Understand the role of fire in southwest Colorado forests
  • Become a nationally recognized Firewise Community
  • May keep your home insured and make it easier to sell

One of the most common buzz words today is wildland-urban interface or WUI. It is a term that describes the area where homes and other infrastructure meet or abut undeveloped lands. As more and more homes are built in this area, it makes it more difficult for land management agencies to allow fire to play its natural role in removing needles, cones, and other material from the forest floor. It also makes fighting wildfires more difficult and expensive

Becoming firewise doesn’t mean you have to remove all your trees or do a major remodel of your home. It should be viewed as a part of everyday life – just like learning how to use that new computer or how to grow vegetables.

Being a resident of the wildland-urban interface has many benefits as well as risks. Those that choose to live in or near a wildland environment have a higher associated risk and personal responsibility for the safety of their families as well as their property, pets, and livestock. Understanding the wildland environment you are a part of is a large part of being firewise. Let FireWise of Southwest Colorado help you become part of a growing firewise culture!