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The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District encompasses approximately 357 square miles, from the Colorado/New Mexico state line on Highway 140, to the top of Hesperus Hill, to the county line at the top of Mancos Hill, to the bottom of Blue Hill in Wildcat Canyon and also includes La Plata Canyon. The district serves approximately 1,071 households with a population of approximately 2,063 people. The Fire District, a Colorado special tax district, is governed by an elected five-member board of directors.

The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District provides structure fire and wildland fire defense, hazardous material incident response, and rescue operations as well as emergency medical services.

The department consists of 26 volunteer members and a full-time salaried chief and assistant chief officer. The majority of members are cross-trained in different disciplines. Several members are trained in special operations, including energy pipeline fires, ice rescue, and rope (low and mid angle) rescue.