Upcoming Events 

                   

Fire Council Meeting 
DATE  AND LOCATION CHANGE! 

November 28, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Durango Rec. Center
2700 Main Ave., Durango, CO
This will be Pam's last Fire
Council meeting and Ashley's first!

 

Christmas Tree Train Ride!
Durango & Silverton
Narrow Gauge Railroad
479 Main Ave., Durango, CO
·  November 25 & 26,
·  December 2 & 3
·  December 9 & 10
Train Departure:  9:45 am
Train Return:  2:45pm

 

Dec. 6: DWaRF Meeting with
CSFS Entomoagist Dan West

Dolores Water Conservancy District office
1:30- 3:30 pm
60 S. Cactus, Cortez

 

Dec. 9: SJMA Christmas Tree Lot - FireWise Day!
Volunteers needed: 9-12, 12-3, 3-6
Durango Narrow Gauge Parking Lot
479 Main Ave., Durango, CO

 

Montezuma Chapter Meeting:
LOCATION CHANGE

December 12, 5:00-7:00
Mancos Brewing Company 
484 Hwy 160 E Frontage Rd.

 

Montezuma County
Ambassador Coffee Break

January 8 , 9:00 - 11:00 am
Cattle Drive Coffee
38651 U.S. 160, Mancos CO

                                                          

 

 

 

 

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

Draw Fire Updates

 

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  DRAW FIRE OPERATIONS COMPLETED

Dolores, Colorado – September 13, 2017 – Successful burnout operations were completed for the Draw Fire eight miles northeast of Dolores late Tuesday.  The total acreage came to 1,438 acres, all within the predetermined containment boundary along Forest roads 527 and 528, and a powerline right of way on the western edge.  Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire as long as necessary in the coming weeks. Some smoke may continue to be visible as ground fuels continue to creep and smolder.

 

“We make every effort to reduce smoke impacts on local communities by initiating burning operations when weather conditions are favorable for adequate smoke dispersion,” said Patrick Seekins, Dolores District Fire Management Officer.  

 

Smoke may settle overnight in valleys to the south towards Dolores and Cortez; however, with burnout operations completed, smoke will be less visible in coming days, with the weather forecast calling for an increase in moisture by this evening.  For more information, please contact the Dolores District Office at 970 882-7296.

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-USDA-

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News Release

Draw fire now at 1,005 acres
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DOLORES, Colorado –
 Sept. 11, 2017 

 The Draw Fire, which was started by lightning last week, is now estimated at 1,005 acres. The fire is burning within containment lines eight miles in the San Juan National Forest northeast of Dolores. 

 

“If weather conditions allow, burnout operations may be completed today for the remaining unburned section within the predetermined containment boundary,” said Patrick Seekins, Dolores District Fire Management Officer. 

 

The fire will be patrolled actively following the completion of ignitions.  Smoke may continue to be visible from surrounding areas.  No closures are expected.

 

-USDA-

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News Release

Draw fire now at 930 acres within containment lines
DOLORES, Colorado –
 Sept. 9, 2017 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Operations went smoothly today on the Draw Fire burning in ponderosa pine forests within containment lines eight miles northeast of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest.  The fire was started by lightning earlier this week. Burnout operations are being implemented to keep its growth within predetermined boundaries.

 

Fire crews continued indirect firing operations along Forest Service roads 527 and 528, as well as some interior lighting between the active fire edge and control lines.  The current size of the fire is 930 acres.  The fire received patchy rain during the afternoon, but nothing significant enough to stop operations.  Cloud cover obscured the smoke for the bulk of the day, but smoke became visible from as far off as the McPhee Overlook late in the afternoon.

 

One more day of growth is expected between control features within the interior. The fire will be patrolled actively following the completion of ignitions.  

 

-USDA-

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News Release

Burnout Operations increase Draw Fire to 120 Acres

 

DOLORES, Colorado – Sept. 8, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Fire crews used indirect burnout operations late yesterday to contain east portions of the Draw Fire along existing forest road systems to increase the fire to 120 acres.

The low-to-moderate-intensity surface fire is burning in ponderosa pine forests about eight miles northeast of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest. 

 

“If conditions continue to offer ideal burning conditions, every opportunity will be made to continue firing/burnout operations,” said Patrick Seekins.  “We will keep the public, stakeholders and all partners well informed of any relevant fire activity changes.”  

 

Isolated storms are forecast for the next couple of days, which could diminish the opportunity for firing operations; however, fire crews will continue to patrol the fire’s boundaries even if it rains. 

 

The wildfire was started by lightning earlier this week.  A confinement strategy is being implemented to keep the fire within predetermined boundaries. Firefighters and fire engines are on scene. Crews are focusing operations and patrols along the Boggy Draw Road (Forest Road 527) and Forest Road 528, and will continue to patrol the area as long as the fire is active.

 

Smoke is visible from the Dolores Norwood Road (Forest Road 526). There is a chance that smoke may settle at night in Dolores and surrounding areas. Travel should not be affected on roads in the area. Some sections of the Boggy Draw trail system may be temporarily closed if fire is directly adjacent to any particular trail in the future.  The public is asked to respect any signage related to temporary closure of a trail for their personal safety.  Roadside signs will be posted alerting the public to fire operations.

 

For more information, please contact the Dolores Ranger District, 970 882-7296.

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-USDA-

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 7, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

DOLORES – The Draw Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire reported Tuesday afternoon, is now at 55acres. U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management crews are using containment strategy on the fire, which is located eight miles northeast of Dolores within Montezuma County.  A confinement strategy is being implemented, with 10 firefighters and two fire engines on scene. Firefighters are focusing operations and patrols along the Boggy Draw Road (Forest Road 527) and Forest Road 528. Crews will continue to patrol the area as long as the fire burns. Smoke is expected to be visible from the Dolores Norwood Road (Forest Road 526). There is a chance that smoke may settle at night in Dolores and surrounding areas. Travel should not be affected on roads in the area.  Some sections of the Boggy Draw trail system may be temporarily closed if fire is directly adjacent to a particular trail.  The public is asked to respect any signage related to temporary closure of a trail for their personal safety.  Roadside signs will be posted alerting the public to fire operations.

For more information, contact the Dolores Ranger District at 970 882-7296.

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SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 7, 2017, 11 a.m.

Firefighters using Confinement Strategy for Lightning Strike on National Forest lands in the Boggy Draw Area

 

DOLORES – The Draw Fire was reported Tuesday afternoon by one of the McPhee Recreation Complex Campground hosts who spotted it from the McPhee Overlook.  At that time the fire was 10 acres burning in ponderosa pine forests at about 8,300 feet in elevation in a remote area of the San Juan National Forest. The fire is located about eight miles northeast of the Town of Dolores within Montezuma County.  It was naturally caused about four- to-five days ago by a lightning strike. 

 

The Draw Fire is currently estimated at 40 acres.  Resources on site include U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management crews. A confinement strategy is being implemented, with 10 firefighters and two fire engines on scene using burnout operations to contain the fire within an area surrounded by forest roads and trails. 

 

Due to the Forest Service being in Planning Level 5 nationally, with several fires throughout the western US, a very conservative approach is being taken.  Burnout operations are only being conducted to ensure fire behavior remains in low to moderate intensity range. 

 

“Live fuels are still holding moisture, which is resulting in slow fire spread,” said Dolores District Fire Management Officer Patrick Seekins. “Only pine needles and oak litter are burning right now, resulting in a low-intensity surface fire.” 

 

Firefighters are focusing operations and patrols along the Boggy Draw Road (Forest Road 527) and Forest Road 528.  Undeveloped private land exists two miles to the south, but with Forest Service Road 528 being the southern boundary of the fire, it is unlikely the fire will spread in that direction. Crews will continue to patrol the area as long as the fire burns.

 

Smoke is expected to be visible from the Dolores Norwood Road (Forest Road 526). There is a chance that smoke may settle at night in the Town of Dolores and the surrounding area.

 

Travel should not be affected on roads in the area.  Some sections of the Boggy Draw trail system may be temporarily closed if fire is directly adjacent to a particular trail.  The public is asked to respect any signage related to temporary closure of a trail for their personal safety.  Roadside signs will be posted alerting the public to fire operations.

For more information, contact the Dolores Ranger District at 970 882-7296.

 

 

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The San Juan National Forest manages 1.8 million acres of federal land in southwestern Colorado within Archuleta, Conejos, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Rio Grande and San Juan counties.