May 2019 WAP E-News


WAP E-News: May 2019

In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

WAP Fire Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 21: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301

Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF) Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, June 5: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Dolores Water Conservancy District, 60 Cactus Street, Cortez, CO 81321

Montezuma WAP Meeting
Tuesday, June 11: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Mancos Public Library, 211 E. 1st Street, Mancos, CO 81328

Montezuma County Coffee Break
Monday, July 1: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cattle Drive Coffee, 38651 US 160, Mancos, CO 81328

Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF) Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, July 3: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Dolores Water Conservancy District, 60 Cactus Street, Cortez, CO 81321

Wildfire Prep Day

Saturday May 4th was National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Across the country, communities performed activities to mark the event. WAP's own Bill Trimarco highlighted Wildfire Prep Day events in Archuleta County for the Pagosa Sun. Click below to read Bill's article!

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Neighborhood Spotlight:
Enchanted Forest Estates

By Amy Paylor, Barb Hembree and Jan Pielech 
Enchanted Forest Estates participated in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 4th. Thanks to the hard work of our newest CWPP (Community Wildfire Protection Plan) member, Barb Hembree, we were awarded a $500 grant from State Farm Insurance, which our Board was able to match.

Beginning in early April, residents were reminded about Wildfire Prep Day in weekly emails and encouraged to participate or plan their own activities.

Our initial priority was improving and clearing brush from the entrances of the community. Without having had a community work day in the recent past, we weren't sure how many residents would participate. We hired two crew members and a chipper from the Upper Pine Fire Dept. to work with us, in order to maximize the day's activities no matter the turnout. However, we had 21 neighbors ready to work! 

We cleared brush for three hours at the lower Enchanted entrance and then worked for another three hours at the Skyline entrance. We are very enthusiastic and pleased about what we were able to accomplish together. A few neighbors did mitigation work on their own lots and took advantage of the Upper Pine's presence. There were so many slash piles, the chipper crew had to stop by the following day to finish!

We ended the day with a potluck and hope to host more frequent work days this summer.

Prescribed Burns

Prescribed burns are planned and may also be called "controlled burns" or "prescribed fires." Fire Managers may prescribe burning as a treatment for the benefits of land and resources and to meet management goals.

Prescribed burning is one of the most effective tools used to manage fire and to mitigate the threat of wildfire. A prescription for each fire, prepared in advance, describes its objectives, fuels, size, the precise environmental conditions under which it will burn, and conditions under which it may be suppressed. The fire may be designed to reduce hazardous fuels, manage vegetation, create specific habitats for plants and animals, or control the threat of an existing fire.

Hazard Fuel Reduction around developed areas provides for firefighter safety and structure protection in the event of a wildfire, but also gives the fire management staff greater confidence and a broader prescription to allow natural ignitions to burn their course.

The San Juan National Forest has already released a map detailing its 2019 prescribed fire locations. You can find a link to this map, along with current wildfire information and fire restrictions, at our website by clicking below:

Current Wildfire Information

Articles of Interest

Revisiting the Town Destroyed by Wildfire

Inside the Megafire

Women on the Firelines

Locals Participate in Home Ignition Zone Workshop

'Recipes for disaster': 2.9 million Coloradans now live in wildfire danger zones

Wildfires in Siberia

Step 1: Build a House. Step 2: Set it on fire.

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