Upcoming Events 

                      

FireWise Council Meeting
Falls Creek Ranch Mitigation Tour
September 19, 4:15-7:00 pm 
Meet at La Plata County Fairgrounds

 

New Ambassador Orientation Session 1
September 28, 5:30- 7:30 pm
Durango Public Lands Center
15 Burnett Ct, Durango
Contact your County Coordinator to RSVP

 

Certified Burner (CCBB) / Introduction
to Agency Burn Boss (RXB3)

Oct 16th-18 
30 N. Ash Cortez, CO
Space is limited! RSVP with Tanner Hutt at
tanner.hutt@state.co.us 

 

October Montezuma FireWise Meeting
Date, time, and location TBD 
Contact Amanda Brenner for information
mcfirewise@gmail.com

 

                                                          

 

 

 

 

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

842 Fire Updates

San Juan National Forest
News Release

Fire Crews Begin Wrapping Up the 842 Fire
BAYFIELD, Colorado –
August 17, 2017 -

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   All firing operations have been completed on the 842 Fire that began as a result of a lightning strike on August 1st.  Fire crews will continue to monitor and patrol the fire over the next several days.  Thursday evening the fire will be transitioning over to a type 4 incident.

 

This fire was managed by using indirect methods which allowed firefighters to burnout areas adjacent to the fire, preventing it’s spread and reducing fuel on the landscape at the same time.  Once the fire is out, Forest Service employees will be conducting surveys to determine how much fuel loading has actually been eliminated throughout the fire area.  This information will be used to determine its effectiveness and how to go about managing fires like this in the future. 

 

The public should be aware that interior burning and smoke will continue for the next several days and visitors are encouraged to take extra precaution near the burn area.  New hazards will now be present in and around the fire area including rolling, falling, and unstable debris such as rocks, trees, and snags. When a fire burns through a forested area, even seemingly healthy trees can be dangerous since fire may have compromised the root system.  These trees can often fall without warning.  While there are no closures in place, avoiding the area altogether is recommended to ensure public safety.

 

This will be the last news release for the 842 Fire unless there are any significant changes with the fire.

 

For more information, please contact Chris Tipton, Columbine District Fire Management Officer at 970 884-1427, or the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512

 

-USDA-

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San Juan National Forest
News Release

Firing operations successful on the 842 fire.
BAYFIELD, Colorado –
 August 16, 2017 -

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Firefighters worked until after dark last evening conducting firing operations and monitoring the progress of the 842 Fire.  After several days of preparation, everything came together nicely and the goal of safely burning out this final area was met.  The 842 Fire has increased to a total of 1025 acres after adding 282 acres from burnouts and is not expected to grow any larger.  This low intensity fire from the burnout has succeeded in stopping all progress of the lightning caused wildfire which started on August 1st and eliminated excess fuel in this area of the forest.  Today, fire crews will monitor and patrol the fire and make certain that all containment lines are secure. 

 

Despite light rain falling on the fire the night before and considerable cloud cover during the day, the firing operation was very successful.  “The cloud cover actually helped keep the fire behavior moderated as we burned out nearly 282 more acres” said Lance Martin Type III Incident Commander. 

 

The public will continue to see smoke being produced from the interior of the fire.  Islands of green [unburnt] fuel as well as large fuels such as logs and stumps will likely smolder and creep for some time.  Visitors are reminded that, while there are currently no restrictions in the area, they should be aware that fire activity could increase at any time, and should avoid the area, if possible.

 

Updates and news releases are posted on Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5481/) and the San Juan National Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan).  For more information, please contact Chris Tipton, Columbine District Fire Management Officer at 970 884-1427, or the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512

 

-USDA-

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


 
 
San Juan National Forest
News Release
Firing operations ramp up on the 842 fire.

BAYFIELD, Colorado – August 15, 2017 -

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Firefighters have spent considerable time and effort leading up to today, due to a burnout that is planned for the 842 Fire.  Existing roads and trails are being used as predetermined containment lines which have been improved by removing hazard trees, brush, and any other debris.  Hand crews and heavy equipment have both been involved in this process and have put forth an enormous amount of work. 300 hundred more acres are expected to be added to this lightning caused wildfire which totaled 743 acres as of yesterday evening.  Fire crews will utilize drip torches to produce a low intensity fire to meet objectives.  Accomplishing this will prevent the wildfire from making any advances while, at the same time, reducing heavy fuel loads on the landscape.

 

“Smoke from the fire will be more visible as we expect significant acreage growth as a result of today’s operations” said Lance Martin Type III Incident Commander.  The public can expect to see moderate amounts of smoke along Colorado Highway 151 and U.S. Highway 160 in the areas around the HD Mountains and Chimney Rock National Monument.  This evening and overnight, people should take extra caution because smoke may settle into the surrounding valleys and reduce visibility.

 

 Visitors are reminded that, while there are currently no restrictions in the area, they should be aware that fire activity could increase at any time, and should avoid the area, if possible.

 

Updates and news releases are posted on Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5481/) and the San Juan National Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan).  For more information, please contact Chris Tipton, Columbine District Fire Management Officer at 970 884-1427, or the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512

 

-USDA-

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.