Upcoming Events

Tuesday August 9th
Montezuma Chapter Meeting
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Mancos Public Library

Wednesday August 10th
DWaRF Collaborative

1:30PM - 3:30PM
Dolores Water Conservancy District Office
60 South Cactus
Cortez, CO 81321

Friday August 12th
Archuleta Ambassador Meeting

9:30AM - 11:00AM
Emergency Operations Training Room
777 County. Rd. 600
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

August 26th & 27th
Slash Depot Vallecito Community

Bridging the Divide II:
Managing Forests into the Future

Sept. 9th: Presentations & BBQ 4:00PM - 8:00PM
Sept. 10th: Tour 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Wolf Creek Ski Area
Pagosa Springs, CO
Contact Aaron Kimple at Mountain Studies Institute

September 20th
Fire Council Meeting
4:30PM - 7:00PM
Public Lands Center
15 Burnett Ct. Durango, CO

October 5th & 6th
Ponerosa Pine Symposium: Science and Industry
Vallecito Community Center
17252 Co Rd 501
Bayfield, CO 81122


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!