5 Years After PosterLAKE CITY, CO., (August 21, 2018):  This summer, we celebrate the five-year anniversary of the West Fork Complex fires – the West Fork, Windy Gap, and Papoose fires – which burned 110,000 acres in the south-central San Juan Mountains.  A group formed during the fire to work more resilient forests and communities and to address post-disaster impacts.  This poster celebrates the work of our partnerships. 

Resiliency is found in many forms, including the ability to see “beauty in the burn” which is what artist Stephen Quiller named his series of Papoose Fire paintings.  Our commemorative poster features the artwork of Mr. Quiller, an internationally-renowned watercolor painter whose work reflects the spirit of the San Juan Mountains.  “When the smoke cleared, I began a series of paintings on the burn,” Quiller recalls.  His work May by Little Squaw is featured on the poster.  The full series can be viewed at quillerygallery.com under Fine Art.

The poster also highlights recovery of the forest landscape and work done by our many partners.  Free posters are available now at Visitors Centers in Lake City, Creede, and South Fork and Forest Service offices in Creede, Del Norte, and Monte Vista.   The poster will also be uploaded to our website for viewing. 

This poster is a companion piece to the original West Fork Complex fire poster that included the fire perimeter map and Move Up, Not Out safety messages.

RWEACT -- together with the Rio Grande National Forest and funded through the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Department of Local Affairs, and the Office of Emergency Management – works to promote partnerships and actions that provide for public safety and resiliency of communities and watersheds of the Rio Grande Basin of Colorado. More organizational information can be found at www.rweact.org