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Upper Pine Fire dives into swift-water rescues

Upper Pine River Fire Protection District crew members went all in during swift-water rescue training at Vallecito Creek. The three-day certification training, taught by Arroyo Rescue and...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

84 Fire is fully contained, officials say

A wildfire burning northeast of Durango that initially posed a risk to homes when it broke out earlier this week was fully contained Thursday, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said. The 84...

DATE: May 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low-risk fire burning northeast of Bayfield

The U.S. Forest Service and Upper Pine River Fire Protection District responded to a half-acre fire east of Vallecito Reservoir on Monday. The fire services received reports of smoke on Grassy...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine tests entire first-responder crew for exposure to COVID-19

Antibodies, tiny blood proteins that fight viruses, may be a positive sign for people who have contracted the novel coronavirus. No one has antibodies to fight the new coronavirus until they are...

DATE: April 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker rescued near Vallecito Lake

A hiker who injured his leg Tuesday near Vallecito Lake required emergency rescue, according to Upper Pine River Fire Protection Chief Bruce Evans. Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a call came into...

DATE: April 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eastern La Plata mobilizes neighbors to prepare for COVID-19 outbreak

Upper Pine Fire Protection District, its board and its neighboring communities are in the process of creating the first ever Eastern La Plata Incident Management Team to aid in the COVID-19...

DATE: April 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local agencies suit up, turn on UV light to fight coronavirus

In the battle against coronavirus, first responders are stocking up on the tools they need to stay safe, including personal protective equipment and ultraviolet lights that zap the potentially...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine joins pilot program to rework ambulance services

Upper Pine River Fire Protection District joined a selective pilot program that will change how it offers ambulance services to Medicare patients in its 265-square-mile district. Ambulance...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

In life or death situations, first responders can find themselves in the ‘dead zone’

There are some areas in La Plata County, and throughout Southwest Colorado, where cellphone and radio reception “dead zones” make first response in emergencies – and asking for help – nearly...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine Fire appoints first female board member

BAYFIELD – The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District appointed its first female board member after the departure of longtime board member Casey Cook. Lisa Bourque, a Vallecito resident and...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine fire mentorship builds path to public service

BAYFIELD – Upper Pine River Fire Protection District and Bayfield High School launched a mentor-based internship program to help seniors find a path to public service and agencies find new...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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