Wildfire prevention and preparedness program for Southern Ute tribal members

Drought conditions throughout the region have prompted stringent fire restrictions as multiple wildfires burn throughout Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

Wildfire hazards are extraordinary this year.  A plan is being developed to help members prepare their home sites to be as safe as possible from destruction by wildfire.  Attached is an announcement inviting you to attend an education session in the Multi-Purpose Facility at 6:30 p.m., June 12.  During that session we will discuss:

  • How to prevent fires and fire restrictions.
  • How to make your home defensible in the event that a fire approaches.
  • How to manage fuels around the property and federal programs to help you do that.
  • How to react and what to take if a fire approaches your home.

All the speakers will be persons who work in these areas professionally.

The Tribal Council is also considering how to help members prepare defensible space around their homes.  The goal is to make plans for all of you who want a strategy for creating defensible space around your home.  We hope to provide any labor and equipment needed to create defensible space around the homes of Southern Ute elders. The service provided could include removal of dangerous trees, brush, weeds and other debris.  For all other tribal members, there may be equipment and labor charges for the work, but the home site plans will be free.  The Risk Management Department is also seeking grant funds to help with this effort, but none have been located as of today.

To help us complete this process please let us know if you are interested in this program.  By signing up, you are not obligated to do anything except to let us visit and evaluate fire dangers around your home.  Any other actions would require additional permission from you.  If you would like to have us visit and evaluate outdoor fire safety at your home, please send an email with your name address and phone number to Risk Management or fill out, sign and bring the form to the meeting or the north desk of the Leonard C. Burch Building before the close of business at 5 p.m. on June 19.   Send emails to:

Please join us for our Wildfire Educational Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 12, in the Multi-Purpose Facility. Deserts will be provided.

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