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Open Burning

posted May 16, 2016, 11:11 AM by Office Admin   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 9:20 AM ]

In La Plata County, burn permits are required for any open burning that is not agricultural or recreational. Fort Lewis Mesa Fire normally issues burn permits Monday -Thursday from 12:30-4:30 by calling 970-238-0115. Alternatively, FLMFPD has an on-line application for a permit that can be filled out at any time for processing during the work week. 

Once you have been issued a permit and are intending to burn, you must call in to Durango Non-Emergency Dispatch (970-385-2900) to notify them that you are burning.

Recreational Fires: A camp fire that is smaller than 3’x3’ and is contained is considered a recreational fire.

Agricultural Fires: To be considered agricultural, the burning must be related to agricultural practices. Agricultural burning is not regulated, but is not recommended on Red Flag warning days and is prohibited during burn bans.

People conducting non-regulated burns are urged to call Dispatch (970-285-2900) to report the burning to prevent the fire department from unnecessarily responding to a report of a potential uncontrolled fire.

If you do not have a permit and conduct an open burning or violate a burn ban, the Sheriff’s office can issue a fine.

Burn permits are suspended on Red Flag days and during burn bans. 

Complete regulations regarding Open Burning can be found on our Open Burning Permit page.

FLMFPD Mourns Loss of Pam Ramsey

posted May 13, 2016, 7:50 PM by Office Admin   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:31 AM ]

On May 9, 2016, Pam Ramsey, long time member of the fire department family, passed away at her home. Pam was an early member of the department, one of the local “dispatchers”, a member of the “Day Shift”, and involved in the Auxiliary. Married to long-time volunteer firefighter/EMT Doug, Pam held down the fort at home while also supporting the department in many different ways.

We extend our sympathy to her family which includes her husband Doug, daughter Cassie, and son Travis, all of who are  members of the Fort Lewis Mesa fire department family. Durango Herald obituary here. 


The Day Shift - Pam is third from left.

A/C Vogel Mentors Big Picture Student

posted May 12, 2016, 1:40 PM by Office Admin   [ updated May 13, 2016, 7:52 PM ]

Once again, Assistant Chief Garrett Vogel mentored Big Picture High School student Ty Thorshiem on aspects of fire department operations. This is Garrett's and Ty's second year in the program which built on the fundamentals that were studied in 2014/2015. Ty has career aspirations to become a firefighter.

Students at Durango Big Picture High School spend two days a week in the community learning through internships. Students learn in a real-world setting from a mentor who shares their passion

Stephen Stovall Sworn In as Newest Board Member

posted Jun 16, 2015, 11:53 AM by Office Admin

At the May 12 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District (FLMFPD), local resident Stephen Stovall (Steve) was sworn in as the newest member of the board. 

Steve and his wife Denise have lived in the District since 1999. Steve has a long history of with the volunteer fire service including four years in the Princeton Volunteer Fire Department and ten with Animas and DFRA. Missing active duty with the volunteer service, Steve sought to serve the district as a Board Member.

Congratulations and welcome, Steve!

District ISO Rating Changes

posted Apr 9, 2015, 11:33 AM by Office Admin

Earlier this year, Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District underwent a normal periodic review by ISO to determine our District’s Public Protection Classification rating. We are pleased to announce that our district’s rating is a 6/6X. Properties within 5 road miles of a recognized fire station and within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant or alternate water supply are rated at 6. All other properties are rated at 6X.

John Marshall Sworn In as New Board Member

posted Mar 24, 2015, 11:55 AM by FLMFPD Administrator

At the February 10 meeting of the Board of Directors of the FLMFPD, local resident John Marshall was sworn in as the newest member of the board. John is a Colorado native and has lived in La Plata County since 1985. John brings a degree in Business Administration and a keen interest in serving the district to the table.

Congratulations and welcome, John. 

From Debbie Lee - Appreciation and Recognition 2014

posted Feb 11, 2015, 11:33 AM by Office Admin   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 11:46 AM by FLMFPD Administrator ]

Hello Everyone,

As the new year begins, it is important and fun to recognize the many events that happened in 2014.
I'd like to start with Chief Anderson and recognize the leadership and administrative improvements that have been occurring in the department. Chief has professionally represented the district at all levels of the county and continues to maintain positive relationships with other districts and the policy setting arm of our local government. Further, with input from the department officers, Chief has initiated automation improvements that speed the processing and record keeping of the district. Additionally, we started the process of billing for accidents that occur on our district's roads when one of our residents are not involved. An example would be the coal truck accidents which occur on our highway. The billing goes through the "at fault" driver's insurance and the recoupment efforts do not cost our district any funds. We look forward to see positive results from this initiative.
From the banquet, recognition goes out to: Scott McClellan for 5 years of service and Ben Thorsheim for 15 years of service. Thank you gentleman for being there when the bell sounds.
Doug Ramsey was recognized as the most active responder this year with responses to 52 calls totaling 83 hours.

The Fire Fighter of the Year Award was presented to Will Walsh for continued selfless service to the citizens and visitors of the district.  
 The coveted "Golden Mike Award"  was re-started this year and proudly presented to Robin Walsh. The call that earned her the award was one where Robin was on the radio and asked Will to bring her her radio....hmmmmm :) 

From the Board's perspective we are on solid financial footing. Due to our method of setting aside portions of our district tax revenue each year we are proud to announce we were able to pay off the station three engine, purchase sorely needed command vehicles and provide infrastructure upgrades and maintenance activities before repairs were needed at various stations in the district. All of this was done without encumbering debt.
I humbly speak for all members of the Board when I say this is a people business and while we are proud of the material impacts we were able to affect, the most rewarding part of being on the Board is knowing the member / volunteers are properly supported.
Thank you for reading. Best of all things for you and your families.

Debbie Lee
Board President
Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District

FLMFPD Board Member Vacancy

posted Jan 12, 2015, 11:24 AM by Office Admin   [ updated Jan 12, 2015, 11:24 AM ]

Due to the resignation of board member Tim Gallagher, there is a vacancy on the five-member Board of Directors for the Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District. The vacant term will run through May 2016.

If you have an interest in serving your community and guiding the future of the Fire District, please contact either Debbie Lee (Board President) or Robin Walsh (District Office Manger - 970-588-3400) indicating your interest.

All members of the board must be registered voters in the state of Colorado and residents of the district (see map).

Motor Vehicle Accident Training

posted Oct 6, 2014, 11:14 AM by Office Admin

Here are a couple of pictures from our recent training with Flight For Life.

Helicopter Training
Multi-patient extrication training 9/22/14

Smoke from Wildfires in Utah and Pacific Northwest Drifting into Colorado

posted Jul 17, 2014, 10:59 AM by Office Admin   [ updated Jul 17, 2014, 11:08 AM ]



Smoke from Wildfires in Utah and Pacific Northwest Drifting into Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. — The U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center reports that numerous wildfires in Utah and the Pacific Northwest have produced significant smoke that is drifting into portions of western Colorado.  There are no large wildfires in western Colorado at this time.  The jet stream pushing smoke into western Colorado is expected to move east in the next few days, and hazy skies should clear.  Air quality monitors around the state indicate that smoke concentrations are well below standards for particulate matter, a by-product of smoke.  Information on wildfire smoke and health can be found on the Colorado State Public Health Department's website:

The Durango Dispatch Center is the interagency focal point for the mobilization of resources from the San Juan National Forest, Tres Rios Field Office (BLM), Southern Ute Agency (BIA), and Ute Mountain Ute Agency (BIA). Located in Durango, Colorado, the Center has the responsibility to coordinate initial attack on fires for the agencies listed above. Also, the Center mobilizes resources throughout the country in support of wildfire, prescribed fire, law enforcement and other all-risk incidents. To support incident management personnel, the Center provides predictive service products such as fire danger, intelligence, and weather.

More information is available at:

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