Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

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

Upper Pine honors chaplain’s years of dedication

An award sitting on a table was kept under wraps at last week’s Upper Pine River Fire Protection District’s annual awards ceremony. “I thought it was a casket,” quipped Louise Newman. The cover was...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Controlled burn smolders, burns barn on County Road 216

Firefighters from more than five fire districts responded to a controlled grass fire that burned a barn after the homeowner thought it was out on Saturday afternoon. The fire burned about...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two more fires start in Southwest Colorado

Two new fires were reported Thursday in the region, one near Durango and another on Ute Mountain Ute Land. They came on the heels of three fires that ignited Wednesday and add to the workload of...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters prepare for fire season

Local, state and federal agencies are coordinating efforts to make sure they’re all on the same page for firefighting season. And they’re hoping for a season similar to the last two more quiet...

DATE: June 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine remodels Vallecito fire station

Upper Pine Fire Protection District Station No. 4 on the north end of Vallecito Reservoir was built to house equipment for volunteers could drive it to nearby fires. A lot has changed since then....

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Injured person found after search

According to the scanner, an injured person was located near Lemon Reservoir about 4:05 p.m. Friday. The search began with a 911 call and a response by Upper Pine Fire Protection District. La Plata...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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