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Cortez Preparing for Wildfire Gathering
Thurs, April 5, 5:30pm – 7pm
Cortez City Hall
123 E Roger Smith Ave, Cortez


Beetles in our Forest
Tues, April 17: Profesional Workshop
Wed, April 18: Public Workshop
The Nature Center at Butler Corner
20503 Co Rd 31, Dolores


Home Ignition Zone Workshop
Sat, April 21, 9am – 5pm
Upper Pine River
Fire Protection District
Administrative Offices
515 Sower Drive, Bayfield  (map)
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Resource Fair and
FireWise Fundraiser

April 28, 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Mancos Brewing Company
484 Hwy 160 E Frontage Rd, Mancos
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Missionary Ridge Fire 2002Fire Mtigation work
Firewise Southwest Colorado at the Durango Farmer's Market

Fire Officials Warn Fire Danger is High This Dry Winter

DURANGO, Colorado – December 13, 2017 –  San Juan National Forest fire officials are warning that continued dry conditions in Southwestern Colorado mean that fire danger is a concern. In late November, a man target shooting with incendiary ammunition on private property adjacent to National Forest lands started a fire north of Durango that quickly grew to 60 acres near Electra Lake north of Durango. Fuel moistures are even drier now as we approach the end of December.


“Although it’s winter, we are extremely dry, and there is potential for fire activity because of our prolonged lack of moisture,” said Richard Bustamante, San Juan National Forest Fire Management Officer.  “Dry grasses are very flammable right now and can act as a carrier fuel to quickly spread a fire even though days are short and nights are cold.”


The public is asked to follow these fire safety tips:

· If you must have an open fire outside, clear a wide area around it of all burnable material and keep a bucket of water, shovel, and other implements on hand.

· Never leave a fire unattended. Stir water and dirt into the coals until coals are cool to the touch and there is no smoke. Do not dump hot coals onto vegetation or flammable surfaces.

· Never toss cigarette butts out the car window. Extinguish smoking materials only in cleared areas free of vegetation or debris.  Don’t park hot cars or recreational vehicles over dry vegetation. Exhaust systems can ignite flammable materials below.

· Off-road vehicles and chainsaws should be equipped with approved and recently updated spark arresters.

· Fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal on National Forest lands.

· Use of tracer bullets and exploding targets is illegal on National Forest System lands.



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