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Measure to dissolve Crestone Emergency Services defeated

In a strong show of support for the Crestone Emergency Services District, voters decided against dissolving the district.  As of 11:30pm March 5, the vote was 401 NO and 209 YES with 11 provisional ballots to be counted after they are vetted. The Crestone Emergency Services District was formed to unite the Baca Grande and […]

Sheriff announces cancellation of fire restrictions for Saguache Cty.

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Sheriff announces cancellation of fire restrictions for Saguache Cty.

SAGUACHE COUNTY—Today Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris released this announcement: Cancellation of Fire RestrictionsPursuant to Saguache County Ordinance 2012-6, AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE DECLARATION OF OPEN FIRE BANS BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OR THE COUNTY SHERIFF, after consultation with the Forest Service/BLM, and having received beneficial rainfall which has greatly reduced the fire […]

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San Isabel Fire Update, Tuesday afternoon

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San Isabel Fire Update, Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, April 3, 2 pm. According to Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris,  The San Isabel fire is contained with mop up crews continuing to make sure that any burning timber is down and moved to safe “black areas”.  Some hot spots and flare ups continue. One hot shot crew has been released and it is […]

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San Isabel Fire Update, Tuesday

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Tuesday, April 3 8am. No official word from the Saguache County Sheriff yet, but overnight snows of 1” or more and continuing light snowfall and lack of wind indicate that the fire event on San Isabel Creek is nearly over.  Today local firefighters and hot shot crews will be doing mop up work and containing […]

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Wildfire off County Road 66

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Wildfire off County Road 66

Fierce winds fanned a wildfire along San Isabel Creek north of Crestone shortly before noon on Monday, April 2. Smoke from the fire is visible on the left, and a dust cloud is kicked up on the Baca Wildlife Reserve on the right. photo by Janet Woodman A dangerous large fire was reported at approximately 11am, […]

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Fire season off to early start with several wind-whipped wildfires & numerous emergency calls

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Fire season off to early start with several wind-whipped wildfires & numerous emergency calls

by William Alder Lakish The second half of March proved to be a busy one for the Crestone and Baca Fire Departments, Search & Rescue and EMTs. Recent dry conditions produced two very fast-moving, wind-driven grass fires in our area within a 48-hour period. The cause of both fires is undetermined. It may have been […]

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