Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

Talk about town: Firefighters from Four Corners remember Sept. 11

Firefighters from Durango, Bayfield and Farmington fire departments Tuesday climbed the 500 steps leading from Durango to Fort Lewis College three times, equivalent to the height of the Twin Towers...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Camper rescued from backcountry near Lemon Reservoir

A man experiencing medical complications, possibly high-altitude sickness, was rescued by helicopter Monday evening near Lemon Reservoir. The outfitter set up camp in the Young’s Canyon area, on...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Connecticut man dies Saturday on Vallecito Creek Trail

A Darien, Connecticut, man died from a suspected blockage of the pulmonary artery late Saturday afternoon on Vallecito Creek Trail. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith identified the man as Harold...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tree on fire sends up column of smoke near Bayfield

A tree on fire put up a column of smoke Friday afternoon in the Bayfield area. The lightning-caused fire was reported about 4 p.m. near a water tank, said Bruce Evans, chief of the Upper Pine River...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quick air attack, hot-shot crews helped subdue 358 Fire

Hitting the 358 Fire northeast of Durango hard and fast with helicopters, planes and a hot-shot crew helped control and contain it. The fire was started on private property Friday afternoon by...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents near 358 Fire prepare to leave

Residents near the “358 Fire” were nervously preparing to evacuate Friday afternoon and watching the smoke from the blaze near Sunrise Lane and County Road 245, northeast of Durango. The fire was...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple hundred homes placed on pre-evacuation notice for wildfire

About five homes were evacuated and two subdivisions were placed on pre-evacuation notice Friday night for a wildland fire northeast of Durango. The evacuations were ordered about 5:45 p.m. The...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winds nearly knock over gas station sign in Bayfield

The Royal Dutch Shell company might want to consider placing a wind turbine where its iconic Shell station sign is located in Bayfield. Strong winds nearly knocked over the estimated 80-foot tall...

DATE: May 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Lakes Subdivision undergoes emergency fire evacuation drill

Residents of the Forest Lakes Subdivision in Bayfield underwent an unannounced fire evacuation early Saturday morning. The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, in conjunction with Forest...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rock fall injures climbers northeast of Durango

Rock fall injured two women Saturday afternoon at the climbing area north of Lemon Reservoir, about 20 miles northeast of Durango. Tom Brueckner of La Plata County Search and Rescue said a rock...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought-like conditions heighten wildfire danger across Southwest Colorado

If the snowless streak continues in Southwest Colorado, this year could shape up to mirror 2002, one of the driest years on record for the region, which many people remember for the Missionary...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead Friday was longtime Bayfield resident, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputy

The man found dead with a gunshot wound inside his burning home early Friday morning has been identified as Jeremiah Lee, according to Bruce Evans, chief of the Upper Pine River Fire Protection...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News