Upcoming Events


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


Two months until Wildfire Preparedness Day! Now is the time to start planning projects and events!



April 1st, 2016 Chipper Rental Rebate Program Begins!! Application Coming Soon

April 8th,  Archuleta County Ambassadors Meeting, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Piedra Rd, EOC in Pagosa Springs  


April 12th, Montezuma County FireWise  Ambassadors Meeting, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location-  TBA


April 15th, 2016 Application Period for Kickstart Grant Opens!


May 1st, Application Period Opens for Archuleta and Vallecito mitigation grants!


May 7th, National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day!


May 17th, Fire Council Meeting, 4:30PM - 7:30PM
Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Ct., Durango  











Missionary Ridge Fire 2002Fire Mtigation work
Firewise Southwest Colorado at the Durango Farmer's Market

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!