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The State Wildland Inmate Fire Team (SWIFT) crews, housed at various correctional facilities in Colorado, provide hand crew support and assistance on wildland fires within Colorado.
The crews are self-sufficient and come with supervisors, basic tools and equipment, and transportation. To ensure that the crews function well, the personnel train together and are maintained as crews throughout the year. They are available year-round for assistance with non-fire, woods-related programs and projects.
The SWIFT Team began cleanup in the Chucharas River through Walsenburg on April 15 and plan to continue work through April 26, 2019. According to Acting Administartor Mark Ellis, the SWIFT Team "is killing it" to the point where City crews are struggling to keep up with hauling off all the debris being removed from the river bottom.
Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, will launch a four-day flood mitigation operation beginning Friday, April 5th, in Huerfano County, Walsenburg, CO.
Those in the community interested in volunteering can sign up April 5th, 6th and 7th from 7:00am to 8:00am at the Walsenburg Community Center, 928 Russel Ave, Walsenburg, CO.
The Walsenburg Green Leaf Committee was formed and met on March 19th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. to form a plan of action for cleaning up the Cucharas River Basin between Yosidro bridge and Main Street bridge in Walsenburg as part of ongoing flood mitigation efforts.
Americorps, UAC, and Huerfano County
The Americorps team, UAC sawyers, and Huerfano County personnel are busy with river work at two locations..
The total crew numbers for this project were: NCCC Americorps team (12), UAC sawyers (2) and
Huerfano County supervisor/sawyers (2). Equipment included: 3 chippers, 1 Trailer, 1 tractor, 4 pickup
trucks, 2 porto-potties, 2 brush cutters, 6 chainsaws and kits, and several cutting and other hand tools.
This project started January 6 and ended April 5th 2019.
La Veta Site #1
Walsenburg Site #1
Work began at Walsenburg Site #1 on to February 4, 2019 with County sawyers. As of the 19th work has been completed along roughly 550 feet of channel thick with groves of Russian Olive trees and some Tamarisk. The Americorps team so far is hauled and fpled roughly fifteen hundred cubic yards of dead and down wood from the floodplain. About four thousand cubic yards Russian olive has also been cut from the channel sides and chipped. Logs, trash, and branches have also been removed from the river bottom.
Request For Proposal - Walsenburg Emergency Watershed Protection
Proposed Emergency Watershed Protection Plan - 06/19/19
Proposed Emergency Watershed Protection Plan - 05/07/19