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SUIT moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3 on Today, June 17, 2021

Southern Ute Indian Tribe moves to Phase II “Safer at Home”, Level 3 – Effective TODAY, Thursday, June 17, 2021

 

The change to the current restrictions include the following:

 

>+< Personal Gathering Size – No greater than 30 persons

>+< Indoor Capacity – 75% of the space or 100 persons max

>+< Outdoor Capacity – 75% of the space or 200 persons max

 

To find a list of the approved activities, please check out the Southern Ute Indian Tribal website, Tribal Council social media, and the Southern Ute Drum.

 

For questions, please contact Tribal Council Communication Specialist, Ms. Lindsay J. Box at 970.563.2313 and via email at lbox@southernute-nsn.gov or IMT PIO, Ms. Amy Barry at 970.563.2281 and via email at abarry@southernute-nsn.gov

 

Designed & Produced by Lindsay J. Box

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Amended Public Health Order (Regarding Face Coverings) of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Lindsay J. Box, Communication – 970.563.2313

Amy Barry, IMT PIO – 970.563.2281

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021

AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

OF THE SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN TRIBE

 

WHEREAS, authority is vested in the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council by the Constitution adopted by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and approved November 4, 1936, and amended October 1, 1975, and August 27, 1991, to act for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution, “The inherent powers of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, including those set forth in [the Indian Reorganization Act], as amended, shall be exercised by the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, subject only to limitations imposed by the Constitution and Statutes of the United States, by the regulations of the Department of the Interior and by this constitution.”; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section l(e) of the Constitution, “The [T]ribal [C]ouncil may enact ordinances and codes to protect the peace, safety, property, health and general welfare of the members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe”; and

 

WHEREAS, under Article VII, Section 1(n) of the Constitution, Tribal Council has the authority, “To protect and preserve the property, wildlife and natural resources of the [T]ribe, and to regulate the conduct of trade and the use and disposition of tribal property upon the reservation.”; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2004-225, the Tribe approved the Southern Ute Community Emergency Operations Plan (“Plan”), the purpose of which is to identify the emergency management process and principles for managing and coordinating the overall response and recovery activities during periods of emergency/disaster resulting from a natural-or human-caused hazard; and

 

WHEREAS, Section IV(B) of the Plan identifies Emergency Management operational phases, including the Response Phase, which may include incident mitigation activities designed to limit the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and unfavorable outcomes; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Plan, Section IV(B)(3), response activities may include ongoing public health and testing processes, immunizations, isolation, or quarantine; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Plan, Section V(F), the Tribal Council’s duties in an emergency or disaster include, among other things, signing a resolution declaring an emergency or disaster to protect life and preserve property and the environment by ensuring prevention, preparation, and response measures are in place; and

 

WHEREAS, in January 2020, the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2020-025, Tribal Council declared a state of emergency to respond to the spread of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, in Res. No. 2020-031, Tribal Council approved the Southern Ute Health Center Communicable Disease Response Plan, which allows for, among other things, infection control precautions, including contact, droplet, and airborne precautions; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 25, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Stay at Home Order limiting visitation to the Reservation and restricting activities to only those activities that were deemed to be essential; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 17, 2020, Tribal Council issued a Public Health Order requiring face coverings indoors at all times and outdoors when other social distancing measures were not possible; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 29, 2021, as COVID-19 cases began to level off and a coronavirus vaccine became more readily available in and around the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Tribal Council issued a Safer at Home Order, which superseded the Stay at Home Order and eased previously established restrictions; and

 

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently eased recommendations for when face coverings should be worn; and

 

WHEREAS, as the number of vaccinated people nationwide has grown and the risk of COVID-19 transmission has therefore decreased, and research shows that COVID-19 is less transmissible in well ventilated outdoor spaces when compared to indoor spaces, on June 2, 2021, Tribal Council issued an amended Public Health Order lifting the requirement for  people to wear face coverings while outdoors; and

 

WHEREAS, based upon published information by the CDC on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines available to the public, Tribal Council finds it no longer necessary to require fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings; and

 

WHEREAS, the Tribal Council finds it in the interests of public health and safety to continue to require face coverings indoors for persons who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless the person is alone.

 

NOW THEREFORE, TRIBAL COUNCIL HEREBY ORDERS:

 

  1. All individuals over two years old who are not fully vaccinated must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any public indoor space, unless the individual is alone in the room. It is also recommended per the CDC that persons who are not fully vaccinated consider wearing a face covering when outdoors in close contact with other persons who are not fully vaccinated.

 

  1. A fully vaccinated individual is a person who has received all necessary doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized and recommended by the CDC, and a minimum of two weeks since the final dose has passed.

 

  1. Face covering means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face, and that fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and remains in place without the use of one’s hands. Face coverings include, but are not limited to, bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks, buffs, and gaiters. Businesses have the discretion to have more restrictive face covering protocols. Supervisors, after conferring with the Incident Management Team, may require more restrictive face covering protocols where necessary and advisable. Face coverings do not include any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, and such masks are not to be used to comply with this Order. Valves of that type without filters permit droplet release from the mask and can put others nearby at risk.

 

  1. Public indoor space means any enclosed indoor area that is public or privately owned, managed, or operated to which individuals have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, and that is accessible to the public, serves as a place of employment, or is an entity providing services. Public indoor space does not mean a person’s residence, including a room in a motel or hotel.

 

  1. An owner, operator, or manager of a public indoor space may require a person to disclose that person’s vaccination status upon request and to provide proof when necessary.

 

  1. Owners, operators, or managers of public indoor spaces must post signs at entrance(s) instructing individuals who are not fully vaccinated of their legal obligation under this Order to wear a face covering when entering or moving within a public indoor space.

 

  1. Individuals two years old and younger are exempt from the requirements of this Order. Individuals ages three years old to nine years old are exempt from the requirements of this Order if they cannot medically tolerate a face covering.

 

  1. Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Order while the activity is being performed:

 

  1. Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;

 

  1. Individuals who are seated at a food service establishment;

 

  1. Individuals who are exercising alone or with others from the individual’s household when a face covering would interfere with the activity;

 

  1. Individuals who are receiving a personal service where the temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;

 

  1. Individuals who enter a business or receive services and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;

 

  1. Individuals who are actively engaged in a public safety role such as law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel;

 

  1. Individuals who are officiating at a religious service; or

 

  1. Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.

 

  1. This order supersedes the Public Health Order regarding face coverings that was issued on June 2, 2021.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 17, 2021 and will continue until it is rescinded or superseded.

 

(Signed by Chairman Melvin J. Baker)

 

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20210616 – Updated Draft-Face Covering Flyer following CDC guidelines

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Cinder Butte Area Fires – 6.20.2021 2100 Update

For IMMEDIATE Release, June 20, 2021, 2100 PRESS RELEASE

 

Suppression Efforts Continue on the Dry Gulch Area Fires

 

Durango, CO – Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DICG) Media Contact:  Scot Davis

Title:                                  DICG PIO

Phone:                                 970-946-8979

Email:                                sdavis@lospinosfire.com

 

DRY GULCH FIRE AREA

Current Situational Update:

 

Since the dry lightning storm that hit the Fort Lewis Mesa area Friday afternoon and evening on June 18, 2021, 31 separate fires have been discovered. Of those, 9 are reported to be controlled/contained/out, and 10 controlled.

 

Currently, the largest fire is the Iron Springs Fire, 37 7.008, -108 4.506 (LAT/LON), which is 10 acres in size. Ground crews and a Type 2 helicopter have been working the fire, and spot fires, throughout the day.

 

No new fire starts on 6/19 and 6/20 Structures Threatened and Evacuations:

Currently, there are no structures threatened and no evacuation orders in place.

 

Current Apparatus:

 

1            Type 2 helicopter with a Helitack crew of 9,

1            Type II Interagency (IA) Crew,

8            Type 6 Engines, local and regional departments: Boulder (Left Hand), South Arkansas, Montrose, Loveland, Canon City, and Mancos

1            Tender, and

70          Personnel.

 

Operational Directive for 6/22/21:

 

Continue with suppression efforts on Iron Springs fire, and
Continue to work hotspots and watch for any “holdover” fires to

 

Fire Conditions for 6/22/21:

 

Weather will continue to be hot, dry and windy. High temperatures between 85 & 95 degrees, humidity below 14% after 1200, and wind gust up to 30 MPH. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for tomorrow. Thunderstorms with dry lightning are not expected tomorrow afternoon.

 

Smoke is visible from the CO Hwy 140 corridor. Individuals should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100. Smoke will be visible to the local communities. For information related to air quality, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood- smoke-and-health

 

The public is encouraged:

 

To avoid areas with active fire and where fire operations are occurring,
Slow down and use caution while driving through, and in the area of, fire operations,
Continue to observe Stage 1 Fire Restriction, and
Understand that the current weather conditions combined with extremely low fuel moisture content greatly increase the potential for fire starts and growth – please use caution with any activity that produces heat and

 

The cause of the Dry Gulch Fire Area is the result of the recent lightning storm. The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure the safety of the public and to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire to mitigate any potential impact from those operators to first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

STAGE I Fire Restrictions General Public:

 

Prohibited acts:

 

 

 

OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is

 

AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are

 

CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after

 

Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

For more information on the North Cinder Butte Area Fires, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

 

To report fires contact:

 

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

 

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

 

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DRCG) Information

 

 

 

The Durango Interagency Coordinating group has been established in 1990 to unite all local fire response agencies, local, state, and national agencies including: BLM. USFS, BIA, NPS, Colorado State, Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan (CO), Dolores and San Miguel Counties, and local fire departments within those counties. The DRCG is tasked to assess current wildfire conditions and release coordinated messages to inform and educate concerning fire danger and current fire restrictions. Wildfires do not know jurisdictional boundaries and therefore having a cooperative environment to collaborate on conditions and how best to approach fire safety and response.

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Photo Credit | Durango Interagency Coordinating Group

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: North Cinder Butte Area Fires – 1008 Update

 

For IMMEDIATE Release, June 19, 2021 PRESS RELEASE

 

18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

 

Durango, CO – Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DICG) Media Contact:    Scot Davis

Title:                                 DICG PIO

Phone:                                 970-946-8979

Email:                               sdavis@lospinosfire.com

 

 

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – 18 Fires broke out yesterday on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The North Cinder Butte Area Fires are located throughout the west side of the reservation. Fire crews responded to 12 fires yesterday, June 18, 2021

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management and Los Piños Fire Protection District, Fort Lewis Mesa, and Colorado State helicopter have responded.

 

Current Apparatus:

 

1            Type 2 helicopter with a Helitack crew of 9,

1            Type II Interagency (IA) Crew,

4            Engines,

1            Tender (water taker), and

1            20 Person IA crew from the Lolo National Forest

 

Operational Directive for 6/19/21:

 

  • Check for hotspots from fires suppressed on 6/18
  • Recon and map fire area with Type 2 helicopter
  • Prioritize fires for suppression

 

Fire Conditions for 6/19:

 

Weather will continue to be hot, dry and windy. High temperatures between 87 & 97 degrees, humidity below 15% after 1200, and wind gust up to 25 MPH this afternoon. Thunderstorms with dry lightning are expected this afternoon.

 

Smoke is visible from the CO Hwy 140 corridor. Individuals should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100. Smoke will be visible to the local communities. For information related to air quality, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood- smoke-and-health

 

The public is encouraged:

 

  • To avoid areas with active fire and where fire operations are occurring,
  • Slow down and use caution while driving through, and in the area of, fire operations,
  • Continue to observe Stage 1 Fire Restriction, and
  • Understand that the current weather conditions combined with extremely low fuel moisture content greatly increase the potential for fire starts and growth – please use caution with any activity that produces heat and

 

The cause of the North Cinder Butte Area Fires is the result of the recent lightning storm. The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure the safety of the public and to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire to mitigate any potential impact from those operators to first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

STAGE I Fire Restrictions General Public:

 

Prohibited acts:

 

 

  • OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is

 

  • AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are

 

  • CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after

 

  • Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

For more information on the North Cinder Butte Area Fires, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

 

To report fires contact:

 

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

 

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

 

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

Durango Interagency Coordinating Group (DRCG) Information

 

 

The Durango Interagency Coordinating group has been established in 1990 to unite all local fire response agencies, local, state, and national agencies including: BLM. USFS, BIA, NPS, Colorado State, Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan (CO), Dolores and San Miguel Counties, and local fire departments within those counties. The DRCG is tasked to assess current wildfire conditions and release coordinated messages to inform and educate concerning fire danger and current fire restrictions. Wildfires do not know jurisdictional boundaries and therefore having a cooperative environment to collaborate on conditions and how best to approach fire safety and response.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: 18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

BIA Fire Management – 970.563.4571

Lindsay J. Box, PIO – 970.759.1494

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 18, 2021

 

 

18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation

 

 

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – 18 Fires break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The North Cinder Butte Area Fires are located throughout the west side of the reservation. Fire crews have responded to 5 fires and fires are being prioritized.

 

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management and Los Piños Fire Protection District, Fort Lewis Mesa, and Colorado State helicopter have responded. Type II IA Crew, 4 engines, and air support have been ordered.

 

Smoke is visible from the CO Hwy 140 corridor. Individuals should avoid County Road 136 and the west end of County Road 100 . Smoke will be visible to the local communities. For information related to air quality, please go to: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health

 

The cause of the North Cinder Butte Area Fires is the result of the recent lightning storm.  The Tribe is coordinating with local agencies to ensure the safety of the public and to minimize the impact of the fire. The Tribe is also working with oil and gas operators in the area to shut-in facilities in the vicinity of the fire in an effort to mitigate any potential impact from those operators to first responder’s ability to contain the fire.

 

As a reminder, Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted for Southern Ute Indian Reservation on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

 

STAGE I

General Public:

Prohibited acts:

 

 

  1. OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.

 

  1. AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.

 

  1. CAMP FIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited.  The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.

 

  1. Possession, discharging or use of any type or fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

For more information on the North Cinder Butte Area Fires, please visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website, and follow the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on social media.

 

To report fires contact:

DURANGO ZONE DISPATCH (970) 385-1324

For more info or to report Fire Restriction Violations contact:

BIA FIRE MANAGEMENT (970) 563-4571 OR SOUTHERN UTE POLICE DEPARTMENT (970) 563-4401

 

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20210618 – 18 Fires Break out on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation