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Montezuma Chapter Meeting:
FireWise Partners and
Ambassadors celebration
and 2018 planning             
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

Montezuma County FireWise needs your support!

We believe FireWise of Southwest Colorado is the number one resource for supporting residents to protect their homes and communities in Montezuma County. The County is facing a tight budget and we need you to share your support and stories of how you’ve benefitted from FireWise to ensure that the County maintains funding in their 2018 budget. The draft budget has FireWise budgeted to receive 50% of our request ($16,057.50), consistent with what we’ve received for the past 3 years.  Whether you’ve benefitted from the FireWise Ambassador program as an integral part of bringing your neighborhood together to be better prepared for wildfire or from one of our many programs to support residents, please write the Board of County Commissioners (109 W. Main St., Room 302, Cortez, CO 81321), a letter to the editor (editor@the-journal.com), or attend the BOCC meeting on Monday morning at 9AM to thank them for keeping FireWise in the budget. There is a possibility that they will continue slashing programs or cutting everything by a further 10% before adopting their final budget on Monday. FireWise is already drafted at 50%, so let’s request that they please don’t slash it by another 10% of that.

  • FireWise has been serving residents in Montezuma County since 2003
  • The County has been funding a Montezuma Chapter Coordinator since 2010, growing Montezuma participation from two neighborhoods actively to 18 high risk neighborhoods participating.
  • Five wildfire preparedness day events including roadside thinning, slash removal with an air curtain burner, participation of prescribed fire crew to bring sawyers into neighborhoods
  • Provided 35 free site visits to residents in Montezuma County to assess wildfire risk in 2017
  • Connect residents to the knowledge and resources to get the work done
  • Mitigation contractor businesses have grown in number and capacity because more people are investing in fuels reduction around their homes
  • Large fuel breaks/ thinning projects at  T.5 Hartman  Draw tributary, Butler Corner, May Canyon, and Road 40
  • County funding has been a critical source of non-federal funding to leverage other resources for wildfire risk reduction activities in Montezuma County.  

 

Please maintain funding for FireWise of Southwest Colorado in the 2018 budget.