Bev Chapman Documentary Viewing: Five Years After

Looking for good in the ashes of the West Fork Complex Fire

A documentary by Bev Chapman

Free Viewings held in Creede and Lake City. The video screening will be followed by light snacks and a question/answer conversation.

This month is the five year anniversary of the West Fork Complex fire in our region. Please join us in celebration, finding out what work has been done, and how we are better prepared for our next event.  Videographer Bev Chapman created the Big Burn video during our 2013 event. Come and see this new documentary featuring Five Years After information.

Five Years After the Burn Movie

Park Creek Fire - South Fork, Colorado

For up-to-the-minute updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/USFSRGNF/

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Five Actions for Today to Prepare for Wildfire Season

LAKE CITY, CO., (May 25, 2018):  With our current forest conditions, please consider taking action immediately to prepare for wildfire season.  

1)    Keep track of any fire restrictions in your County or in any area you are traveling to (especially as it relates to outdoor recreational activities).  A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service that conditions are perfect for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread of a wildfire if one does start.  Stage 1 Fire Restrictions limit open fires, trash and agricultural burning, fireworks or explosives, and limit where cigarette smoking is allowed.  

2)    Take photographs of every room in your home to provide documentation for your home insurance carrier.  Email off these photographs to your agent.  

3)    Create a wildfire emergency evacuation kit.  Gather as many of these items as you can ahead of time and place them in an easy-to-identify bag or box in your home.  For those items you can’t pack ahead of time, consider putting a “Other Items to Take” list to post on the refrigerator so you do not have to think through what to take when a pre-evacuation or evacuation notice is issued.  Suggested items include:  3 days-worth of non-perishable food and 3 gallons of water per person; at least two days of change of clothing; extra eyeglasses or contact lenses; prescription medicine along with a printed copy of the prescription; extra car keys, credit cards, cash or checks; a first aid kit and flashlight; battery-powered radio and extra batteries; personal toiletry supplies; copies of important documents; pet food and water; cell phones and charges; and computer hard-drives.  If time allows, you may want to take easily carried valuables and family photographs (it may be helpful to scan and store off-site family photographs and documents).     

4)    Determine where you will evacuate to – in multiple directions if necessary – and communicate your plans to one out-of-area family member or friend.  Make sure your entire household and family and friends know who this one person is that you will be communicating with and write down this telephone number (don’t rely on cell phone contact information as cell phone services are often down or overloaded during an event).  Talk with your household and neighbors about what should happen during an evacuation.  Sign up for the local reverse 911 notifications (different counties use different systems).  Check your County’s website.  

5)    Find out how to improve the defensible space around your forested home and neighborhood and either do the work or hire a local contractor https://csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation/

Summary: Land Use Planning & Wildfire Workshop

Thank you for attending last week’s Land Use Planning and Wildfire workshop in Alamosa!

Below is a summary of the workshop and an updated contact list. The workshop handbook is also available online. We will be in touch soon about next steps for the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program in the SLV.

Input sought on proposed cell towers near South Fork and Creede

CREEDE, Colo., May 25, 2018 – Divide Ranger District and Mineral County are inviting public input on a proposal to construct cell communication towers on five sites within the Rio Grande National Forest and two sites on private land within Mineral County. The proposal was submitted by Northeast Colorado Cellular, Inc., doing business as Viaero, in order to bring reliable cell phone service to the Creede area, and the highway corridors northwest and southwest of South Fork.

The communication structures would be single poles, 65 feet tall each with a 10 foot by 20 foot adjoining shed. The towers proposed for siting on National Forest System land would be located near Tewksberry Corrals, Palisade Campground, Wason overlook, East Bench, and north of Park Corrals. Towers proposed for private property would be located within the railroad right-of-way near Big River Guest Ranch and Wagon Wheel Gap.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed project is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, at the Creede Community Center at 5:00 p.m. Representatives from the Mineral County Planning and Zoning Commission, Viaero, and the Rio Grande National Forest will be present to share information, receive public input and answer questions.

Maps of the five sites proposed for siting on the Divide Ranger District may be viewed on the Rio Grande National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53986.

Input to the Rio Grande National Forest concerning the Northeast Colorado Cellular communication corridor project are most useful if received by June 27. Comments may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Divide Ranger District, Attn: Martha Williamson, 13308 West Highway 160, Del Norte, CO. 

Comments concerning the proposed towers near Big River Guest Ranch and Wagon Wheel Gap may be emailed to Mineral County at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; mailed to Mineral County, Attn: Janelle Kukuk, P.O. Box 70, Creede, CO 81130; or dropped off at the Mineral County Courthouse at 1201 N. Main, Creede.

For more information concerning the proposed towers on the Rio Grande National Forest, contact the Divide Ranger District at 719-657-3321. For more information concerning the two proposed towers on private land, call Mineral County Administrator at 719-658-2360.

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