Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

Firefighters conduct live fire training on church property

BAYFIELD – Upper Pine River Fire Protection District burned an abandoned house – on purpose – Thursday behind Pine Valley Church on County Road 501. Pine Valley Church worked with Upper Pine to...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire breaks out at mobile home northeast of Durango

A mobile home received significant damage Sunday night in a fire that broke out northeast of Durango, according to Durango Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Karola Hanks. Fire crews received a...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two fires burn 3 acres each in Upper Pine district, chief says

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District responded Saturday to two fires that drained resources in the small agency in eastern La Plata County. Both fires were contained by 4 p.m., said Bruce...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cabin fire northeast of Durango under investigation

The cause of a fire that destroyed two cabins and several acres of wildland earlier this week northeast of Durango remained under investigation as of Friday afternoon, according to the Upper Pine...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heavy smoke moves through Bayfield to the east

BAYFIELD – Smoke drifted through Bayfield on Wednesday morning, impacting air quality and visibility for residents, but did not result in an air-quality advisory from the Colorado Department of...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two cabins destroyed by fire northeast of Durango

Two cabins were destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon near the Aspen Trails subdivision northeast of Durango, a fire that spread into the surrounding wildlands. The fire was reported shortly before...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine Fire Protection District hosts 9/11 Stair Climb

Upper Pine Fire Protection District hosted the second annual 9/11 Stair Climb on Wednesday at the Durango SkySteps leading to Fort Lewis College. Fire Capt. Josh Schmidt spoke at the event, with...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine fire to assist in hurricane response in Florida

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District is sending two crew members and an ambulance to Florida to assist in emergency aid in anticipation of a hit from Hurricane Dorian. As a network...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tracking lightning, from sky to the ground

Lightning is the No. 1 cause of wildfire ignitions in Southwest Colorado. But when a lightning bolt strikes in the vast expanse of the San Juan Mountains, how do fire agencies know how to track it...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine uses drone to save time, money monitoring wildfire

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District is touting its use of a drone this week to monitor a wildfire in such a way that it saved time and reduced danger to firefighters. The lightning-caused...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine or Los Pinos name is well rooted in history

La Plata County geography can be so confusing. For example, there’s the Los Pinos Fire Protection District but also the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District. Are the Los Pinos and the Pine the...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Authorities identify victims of fatal crash east of Bayfield

Law enforcement has identified two people killed in a head-on crash Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 160, east of Bayfield. The crash involved three vehicles shortly before 7 p.m. near mile marker...

DATE: July 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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