A RED FLAG warning has been issued for today; this is the third day in a row where conditions are ideal for rapid fire spread and for the chances of any ignition source starting new fires. With the predicted weather and the volatile fuels, the fire is again expected to make significant runs. The total acreage for the West Fork Fire Complex rose from 12,710 acres Wednesday morning to 29,911 acres as of 6:00 AM Friday morning. Most of the gain in acreage was on the West Fork Fire.
This morning, the mandatory evacuation order went out for the town of South Fork. We have shelters open and ready to accept evacuees. Transportation for those needing assistance has been pre-staged and is being coordinating through the Alamosa EOC.
KSUT's main transmitter site on Missionary Ridge experienced a massive power surge sometime last night or early morning causing the breakers to trip on both the main and backup power supplies. The yet to be determined cause of the surge forced the 90.1 FM transmitter to fail, which in-turn caused 88.1 FM in San Juan County, New Mexico to go down too. Crews responded and were able to restore power around 10:30 AM this morning.
Due to a power outage at our Missionary Ridge transmitter site last night, 90.1 FM is temporarily off air. We have an engineer on his way to the site to remedy the problem. Tune to 89.3 FM in La Plata County or 105.3 FM in San Juan County, NM or listen on-line. Sorry for the inconvenience.
DENVER - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) and Kimco Realty Corporation are partnering to provide business training scholarships to first-time business owners in Colorado.
Durango, CO – The 3rd Annual Durango Blues Train held, May 31st and June 1, 2013 on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is just under two weeks away. This 'moving' experience features six live Blues and Zydeco acts, while passengers travel aboard the coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of Colorado's San Juan National Forest.
DURANGO - The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that fire danger is increasing on public lands as southwestern Colorado heads into the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Not only has this spring been relatively dry, but last fall was very dry, which has resulted in low soil moisture and vegetation at lower and middle elevations already drying out.
FireWise of Southwest Colorado is offering a Chipper Rental Rebate Program for residents needing to reduce the slash from wildfire fuels mitigation on private lands in La Plata and Archuleta counties. The program will reimburse residents the lesser of $100/day or 50% of the chipper rental cost or $100/day or 50% of the cost to have a mitigation company provide the chipping services. The program is valid May 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013 or until funds are expended.