Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

Man found dead in house on fire in Bayfield early Friday morning

A man was found dead inside his house that was on fire early Friday morning in Bayfield. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was at the home on County Road 516 and Bayfield Parkway on Friday to...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango rock climber who fell 100 feet expected to survive

A 40-year-old rock climber from Durango who fell 100 feet while climbing in an area northeast of Durango on Saturday is expected to recover from his injuries, friends of the man said Sunday. Thad...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine fire sends assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims

As thousands of relief workers descend on Texas for what’s being called the worst natural disaster in the state’s history, a small unit from Southwest Colorado will be among the ranks. On Friday,...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire northwest of Bayfield likely accidental

A fire northwest of Bayfield on Saturday that caused upward of $700,000 in damages is likely to be ruled accidental, Upper Pine River Protection Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans said. The...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Multiple agencies respond to structure fire

Multiple fire agencies responded to a blaze northwest of Bayfield on Saturday afternoon that consumed a barn. The fire was reported about 1:36 p.m. at 405 County Road 504. No one was inside the...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire in HD Mountains grows to 35 acres

A small fire caused by a lightning strike in the HD Mountains east of Bayfield has been encouraged to grow a little bigger, and it has done just that. Firing operations began Wednesday to expand...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arizona man spends night clinging to life vest in Vallecito Reservoir

An Arizona man in his early 20s was rescued Tuesday morning from Vallecito Reservoir after spending the night clinging to a life vest. Roy Vreeland, deputy chief with the Upper Pine River Fire...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man escapes early morning house fire

A La Plata County man escaped a house fire with non-life threatening injuries early Monday, said Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans. A bystander reported the structure fire...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property taxes give fire districts money headaches

Fire chiefs in La Plata County are preparing for reduced funding next year as a result of the Gallagher Amendment, which is expected to lower property taxes across Colorado. The four fire districts...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man dies in snowmobile accident

A 25 year old La Plata County man died Sunday in a snowmobile accident northeast of Bayfield. La Plata County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Bender identified the man as Trenton Maddux-Garcia....

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kerosene heater caused Vallecito mobile home fire

A fire that destroyed a mobile home Monday night in Vallecito started after the tenants attempted to thaw frozen water pipes with a kerosene heater placed under the skirting of the home,...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neighbors: A time to thank first responders

By Ann Butler Neighbors columnist First responders are around our community prepared to protect and serve, but how often do we stop to thank them for that service? The Hundred Club dedicates one...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors