June 2019 WAP E-News


WAP E-News: June 2019

In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Wednesday, June 26: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Resilient Archuleta – Community Conversations around Resilience
CSU Extension Office, 344 Hwy 84, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

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

Tuesday, July 16: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
WAP Fire Council Meeting
San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Ct., Durango, CO 81301

Wednesday, July 17: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF) Collaborative Meeting
Dolores Water Conservancy District, 60 Cactus St., Cortez, CO 81321

Wednesday, August 7: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest (DWRF) Collaborative Meeting
Dolores Water Conservancy District, 60 Cactus St., Cortez, CO 81321

Tuesday, August 13: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Montezuma WAP Meeting
Mancos Public Library, 211 E. 1st St., Mancos, CO 81328

The Wildfire Adapted Partnership banner at 8th & Main St. in downtown Durango on June 4th

Firewise USA Success Story in Durango

Falls Creek Ranch in Durango, CO, was highlighted in a video published by the NFPA (link HERE). When the 416 Fire raged at its doorstep, the Falls Creek Ranch neighborhood was ready. The community had prepared for the worst through several years of fire mitigation efforts, such as clearing brush and overly dense trees.
Falls Creek's efforts were led by a WAP Neighborhood Ambassador and guided by a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. As a result of the neighborhood's hard work, firefighters could safely combat the eventual arrival of the fire. No structures were lost, and the fire was diverted into wildlands, where it would continue burning.

Note to Ambassadors...

Have you reported your volunteer hours this month? We love to see your hard work. Click HERE to submit your hours now!

Red Cross 

On May 11th in Cortez, Red Cross volunteers, with the help of the Cortez Fire Protection District, went door-to-door in the community to install new fire alarms. In almost 3 hours, the team installed 136 alarms in 51 homes. 

Dick Simmons, a community volunteer leader based out of Mancos, stopped by our Fire Council meeting on May 21st to speak about volunteer opportunities and all of the important activities the Red Cross supports in our region. Most significantly, he talked through how the Red Cross mobilizes its volunteers in the wake of an emergency. 

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the Red Cross, contact Dick at dick.simmons@redcross.org. 

Boggy Draw Rx Burn Tour

On June 8th, 2019, a group of four participants representing Wildfire Adapted Partnership and the Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest Collaborative (DWRF) attended a tour of prescribed burn operations in the Boggy Draw area northeast of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest. This opportunity was graciously offered by the USFS’s Dolores Ranger District and was led by Public information Officer Jessie Borden of Cortez FPD.

Participants got a firsthand look at the what, why and how of a USFS prescribed burn operation. The group attended a morning briefing at the Boggy Draw trailhead where 51 Forest Service personnel from both local and nationwide units convened to receive daily burn strategy and assignments. Afterwards, the group received in-depth presentations on smoke science/monitoring and the Dolores Ranger District’s Fuels Program. Then the four participants geared up in nomex PPE, affixed fire shelters to their packs and set off into the burn zone, guided by USFS professionals. The hiking tour lasted about 2.5 hours and the group witnessed Rx burn fire behavior in a Ponderosa ecosystem.

Along the way a great conversation about Rx burn developed and ideas were exchanged across the partnership of DWRF, WAP and the USFS. Overall, it was an extremely successful day; the tour exceeded educational expectations, and the USFS completed burn operations a day early with 1,434 acres treated. Wildfire Adapted Partnership would like to extend many thanks to all participants, including DWRF and the Dolores Ranger District for making this opportunity possible.

8 June 2019
Articles of Interest

Healthy Snow Season Allows for Prescribed Burning in SW Colorado

Close but No Cigar: A Study on Wildfire's Influence

Vallecito Slash Depot Returns

The Rise of Wildfire-Resilient Communities

Forecasters predict the potential for large wildfires will be higher than average on the west coast this summer

Letter from Paradise

Wildfires are 'Burning Longer' and are 'Harder to Control'

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