Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

Dealing with painful loss, Bayfield EMT finds his calling

Eleven years ago, Dan Miller tragically lost his toddler son, Thomas. But in his journey to deal with the boy’s death, he found his true calling – working as a paramedic and firefighter. “It was a...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog dies in house fire southeast of Durango

A dog died in a house fire Wednesday night at the corner of county roads 301 and 304, southeast of Durango near Pastorius Reservoir, fire officials said. Fire crews responded to the scene around...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine Fire Protection District wants to be free of Gallagher Amendment restrictions

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District is asking residents to free the district from the limits of the Gallagher Amendment. Ballot Issue 7A would allow the district to keep funds property...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climber suffers critical injuries in fall at Transfer Park

A 19-year-old man was flown to Albuquerque Saturday night with critical injuries after falling 65 feet while free climbing at the Transfer Park north of Lemon Reservoir. Upper Pine River Fire...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine Fire sends ambulance for Hurricane Michael relief

One ambulance and two crew members from the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District have been deployed to Georgia to help with Hurricane Michael relief. The ambulance crew left Colorado on...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys mobile home near Gem Village

GEM VILLAGE – A mobile home just west of Gem Village was destroyed Wednesday afternoon by a fire of undetermined origin. Upper Pine Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans said no one was in...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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