Tag Archives: Saguache County Colorado

Wildfire in Saguache Ranger District

Weekend storms resulted in four fires started by lightning on the Rio Grande National Forest. The largest of the four, the Decker fire started on Sunday on the Saguache Ranger District.

“There is no immediate threat to private land, structures and other infrastructure. At this point we are actively monitoring fire behavior, weather patterns, and fuel conditions to assure protections of these values,” said Forest Fire Management Officer, Chad Lewis .

The Decker Wildfire is located on the Saguache Ranger District. Photo: USFS

As of September 10, the Decker Fire has grown to 98 acres and is burning on a south facing slope in grass under aspen stands. The location of the Decker fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area presents an opportunity to use fire as a tool to restore ecological processes. Lewis added, “having personnel walk to fire long distances, over rough terrain increases safety concerns.” 

The Decker Fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness areas is smoldering in grass under an aspen stand. Fire personnel assigned to the incident are monitoring conditions and providing updates. Smoke from the fire is visible and will continue to settle into the areas around Salida.

Three other smaller fires are also being monitored across the Forest.

For fire information contact Chad Lewis Forest Fire Management Officer at (719) 850-2380 or Judi Perez, Acting Public Affairs at (719) 588-8889.

Updates will also be posted to the Forest Facebook page at U.S. Forest Service – Rio Grande National Forest.

The Decker Wildfire can be seen from Poncha Pass in northern Saguache County.

Sign Up for San Luis Valley Emergency Alerts

If you would like to receive Emergency Alerts please register on this site. San Luis Valley 911 has a system called Everbridge and residents are encouraged to sign-up to receive notifications. Here’s the info:

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Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how. 

Remember this is also a good thing to signup for if you have a relative or friend living in the valley that you want to be alerted about in case of an emergency. Sign up today!

Leaders Turn Tassels for Saguache

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

While this time of year generally marks the back-to-school season, there was a special graduation ceremony held this past week that is noteworthy in Saguache Today.

Congratulations to the 7 members of the graduating class of the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) from the HEART of Saguache/KV Estates: Cristalray Dominguez, Jamie Dominguez, Michelle Loddy, Jeron Parkins, Carla Quintana , Nyla Thompson, and Peggy Williams.

On August 23, the 2018/19 graduates participated in a ceremony and celebration as they concluded a multi-week course which is offered t o “adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.”

Here is an overview of their community projects!

Next Classes Begin in October

How will you use your voice in 2019-2020? Explore new ways and techniques to do so by taking the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) offered in Saguache by HEART of Saguache/KV. This free 20-week class starts on October 2, 2019 and is offered to adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.

FLTI graduates, family & friends celebrated with a community BBQ after their graduation ceremony on August 24 after completing the 20-week leadership course.

 “I am so grateful to be able to go from someone who doesn’t feel like they belong in their community to someone who is so engaged and has so many connections with people around the community,” said one graduate who took the class in 2016. FLTI class will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and dinner will be provided.  Classes will begin on October 2, 2019.  Space is limited apply now! Call Miracle Gomez, 719-849-3645 or email: heartmgomez@gmail.com

What is FLTI?

The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) operates under CSU’s Office of Engagement, with program support provided by CSU Extension, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office of Community Engagement.

FLTI coordinates locally based, leadership development and civic literacy training sites offering 20 weeks of classes designed to promote greater cooperation between individuals, families, institutions, public administrators and elected officials throughout the state. The 20-week training experience is modeled after the Connecticut Commission on Children’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum and its community implementation practices.

Participating in the FLTI experience provides Coloradans with the opportunities to build their skills, develop robust social networks, and form civic partnerships necessary to make an extraordinary community impact.

Michelle Loddy’s project involved starting a community garden at KV Estates.