Firefighters for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests continue their work to suppress the Pitch and Kelso wildland fires on the Uncompahgre Plateau. These fires were caused by lightning. The suppression strategy for both is to contain and confine the fires to keep firefighters safe. In doing so, firefighters are also able to protect private lands and achieve some benefits to fuels management, pine forests and wildlife habitat in the process.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.