Little Squaw Debris Control Project

To Begin in the Spring of 2014

CREEDE, COLO., (November 23, 2013) — The long-term recovery work continues in our area following the West Fork Complex fire.  The Rio Grande National Forest’s BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team developed a report of Values at Risk and proposed action items.  RWEACT has focused in on one high-risk location as the area above the Little Squaw Resort (a collection of historic cabins) and Riverhill Campground.   

Based on the Values at Risk and in conjunction with a USGS Debris Flow Study requested by RWEACT, a Debris Control Plan for this area has been designed to address debris and increased water flow because of the changed conditions of a burned forest.  The project will create a large area for debris to be deposited, as well as a barrier to split the flow around the cabins and an additional outflow channel.   

An open, public bidding process and subsequent work will commence in the spring due to inclement weather and field conditions.  

RWEACT(Rio  Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team) -- together with the Rio Grande National Forest – brings together local, state and federal partners in a cooperative effort to address fire-caused natural hazards and impacts on human life, property, community economies, and the health of the Rio Grande Watershed following the West Fork and Papoose Fires.