Category: Fire

Coloradans urged to reduce wildfire risk 

The Crestone Eagle • August, 2021 Coloradans urged to reduce wildfire risk  —Colorado State Forest Service State and federal agencies that manage wildfires and forests are urging residents to join in efforts to reduce wildfire...

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Saguache County Firewise Team proceeds

The Crestone Eagle • November, 2020 Saguache County Firewise Team proceeds by Daniel S. Johnson On October 6 Saguache County Commissioners voted to continue funding the Firewise Program I’ve been building since 2009, citing many...

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Be Firewise—Keep your home & neighborhood safe

The Crestone Eagle • November, 2020 Be Firewise—Keep your home & neighborhood safe by Baca Grande Firewise Committee Too often, people aren’t concerned with fire safety until it’s too late. It is that time of year when we...

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Fires in Crestone history

The Crestone Eagle • May, 2018 Fires in Crestone history by Mary Lowers As summer approaches, we are living with a stage two fire alert in Saguache County. Crestone and the Baca Grande are drier than even the “old timers” have...

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Nat’l forest increases fire restrictions

Nat’l forest increases fire restrictions USDA Forest Service officials are providing recreation opportunities where possible, while keeping employees, the public, and our communities safe from the virus. We are also working to...

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Fire & explosion destroy a block of Moffat; numerous fire departments respond

According to a statement from the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), a Colorado State Patrol dispatcher received a report at 4:19pm Tuesday, October 15 of a structure fire in Moffat. The fire spread quickly, engulfing four buildings and setting fire to vehicles. The cause of the blaze, which included an explosion that could be seen from Casita Park (approximately 7 miles away), is under investigation. As I write this, the fire is still smoldering in places.

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Decker Fire burns south of Salida

A lightning strike September 8 ignited the Decker Fire nine miles south of Salida. Smoke and sometimes flames can be seen from Hwy. 50 and US 285. The fire has been allowed to burn in the area where the US Forest Service reports there is 80% tree mortality due to beetle kill and blow downs. The fire has not generated evacuations or closures. As we go to press it has burned around nine hundred acres. There are 107 personnel managing the blaze.

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Insurance tips

Whether you’re a homeowner or renter:

It’s wise to take photos of any high-value items and save the photos in cloud storage or a thumb drive that’s stored away from the home.

Check with your insurance company to see if your coverage is limited by “special limits,” because many policies put limits on items like artwork, jewelry, musical instruments, antiques, firearms, business-related computers, etc.

Renter’s insurance is a small investment in protecting renters from the devastating impact of a major fire.

Defensible space around your house

To protect your house and the community, create a Clear Zone 15-30 feet around buildings and decks.

Prune or remove trees that touch or overhang the house, deck or outbuildings.

Reduce ladder fuels (dead branches, etc.) on the ground and up to about four feet high. Dispose of cut materials in the Baca mitigation pit.

Clear vegetation and flammables from around propane tanks.

Keep other stored fuels (gasoline, kerosene) away from structures.

Remove trash and flammable debris from around the house and outbuildings.

Store firewood away from the house, preferably uphill from any building.

Mow or cut grass to less than 6 inches high.

Let’s all pitch in to have a safe summer as the hot, dry season approaches.

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