Upcoming Events

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

September 24th
VIP Tour of Timberdale Ranch Community 

Contact Nell Jordan at LaPlataFireWise@gmail.com

October 1st 9AM-12PM
Healthy Forests & Communities

Bayfield Public Library
Contact Laura Knapp, NRCS
(970)259-3289 ext. 3

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

Becca Samulski

October 8th
Fire Safety Fair

Home Depot
1301 S. Camino Del Rio

October 11th
Montezuma Chapter Meeting

Location TBA


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!