Upcoming Events


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


Welcome 2016!!! Now is a perfect time to start planning Spring Mitigation projects!


February 11th, NIST Webinar Report on Waldo Canyon Fire: 1:00PM - 2:30PM


La Plata County:
LPC Administration Building, Training Room, 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango
RSVP to swcoloradofirewise@gmail.com


Montezuma County:
Cortez Fire Dept. # 1
RSVP to montezumafirewise@gmail.com


Archuleta County:
Office of Emergency Management, Piedra Road
RSVP to archuletafirewise@gmail.com


February 16th, Montezuma County Ambassador Meeting, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Further details TBA


February 22nd, New Ambassador Orientation Session One! 5:30PM - 7:30PM
15 Burnett Ct., PLC

RVSP to laplatafirewise@gmail.com


March 15th, FireWise of Southwest Colorado Council Meeting, 4:30 - 7:00PM
15 Burnet Ct., Public Lands Center











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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!