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Montezuma FireWise meeting
February 13, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Mancos Public Library
211 E 1st St, Mancos 
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State Farm/NFPA Grant 
March 2, deadline to apply 
for a $500 award for Wildfire
Community Preparedness Day
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Working Better Together
Coordinated Wildfire Campaign

February 20, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Durango Public Lands Center 
15 Burnett Ct., Durango (Sonoran rooms)


Dolores Watershed and
Resilient Forest (DWRF)
Collaborative meeting

March 7, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Dolores Water Conservancy District
60 Cactus St, Cortez

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.