Weber Fire recovery advances

Weber Fire recovery advances

Mudslides remain a threat around the burnarea
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“Maybe it’ll come back. Maybe it won’t,” said Pete Doerfer, whose alfalfa fields were damaged by a mud and ash flows after the Weber Fire.
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“I never saw so much water,” said Keith Payden, a resident of the Elk Stream Ranch subdivision. The subdivision is in the process of clearing roads and replacing culverts damaged from mud and ash flows resulting from runoff from rains after the Weber Fire.
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When they were told they had to evacuate their home during the Weber Fire, Pete and Vonnie Doerfer packed genealogy records, photos and other keepsakes into a stock trailer. The boxes of photos, paintings and records remain in their living room, brimming with life’s memories.
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Chuck Jachens, a hydrologist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry & Wildland Fire Management, looks over a map showing the scope of the Weber Fire. Jachens worked with the Bureau of Land Management to develop a stabilization and rehabilitation plan for the Weber Fire burn area.
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A river of water thick with ash and mud – runoff from the Weber Fire burn area – flooded through Pete Doerfer’s alfalfa fields after a rainstorm last month.
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“Maybe it’ll come back. Maybe it won’t,” said Pete Doerfer, whose alfalfa fields were damaged by a mud and ash flows after the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Chuck Jachens, a hydrologist with the U. S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry & Wildland Fire Management looks over a map showing the scope of the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - A flow of mud, ash, rock, and downed trees over a hundred yards wide overwhelmed a section of Dee Graf’s field west of County Road 41 about three miles south of Mancos.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - A flow of mud and ash over a hundred yards wide carrying rocks and other debris traversed a field and crossed County Road 41 about three miles south of Mancos.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Rocks carried in a flow of mud and ash over a hundred yards wide litter a field east of County Road 41 about three miles south of Mancos.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - A flow of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire flowed into Pete Doerfer’s alfalfa fields after traversing a field belonging to his neighbor, Dee Graf. Doerfer said it damaged 15 of his 40 acres of alfalfa.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Fifteen acres of Pete and Yvonnie Doerfer’s 40 acres of alfalfa fields were damaged by a flow of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire.
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Photo Courtesy of Yvonnie Doerfer - Forty acres of Pete and Yvonnie Doerfer’s alfalfa fields were damaged by a flow of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “Maybe it’ll come back. Maybe it won’t,” said Pete Doerfer, whose alfalfa fields were damaged by a flow of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “I never saw so much water,” said Keith Payden, a resident of the Elk Stream Ranch subdivision. The subdivision is in the process of clearing roads and replacing culverts damaged from flows of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - Pete and Yvonnie Doerfer have returned to their home off County Road 41 after packing geneology records, photos, and other keepsakes into a stock trailer and evacuating ahead of the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “Maybe it’ll come back. Maybe it won’t,” said Pete Doerfer, whose alfalfa fields were damaged by a flow of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “It’s rather devastated,” said Cathrin Orgish, a long-time resident of County Road 41, after surveying the damage done by one of numerous flows of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains after the Weber Fire.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - A flow of mud, ash, rock, and downed trees over a hundred yards wide overwhelmed a section of Dee Graf’s field west of County Road 41 about three miles south of Mancos.
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “It smells like ash,” said Yvonnie Doerfer, who returned to her home off County Road 41, along with her husband, Pete, after the danger from the Weber Fire had passed. “It had me bewildered for just a little bit.”
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STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald - “We’ve been cleaning up for three days,” said Bill Ridgeway, whose home off County Road 41 was in the direct path of a flow of mud and ash resulting from heavy rains in burnt-out areas of the Weber Fire.
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