Chevron donates to Pine Ridge Fire recovery

Mesa County Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess stands before members of the Mesa County Wildland Fire Team who helped fight the Pine Ridge Fire near DeBeque earlier this summer. She thanked Chevron for their donation which will be used for rehabilitation efforts in the area and toward the purchase of a new fire truck. 

Chevron gave two checks totaling $20,000 to be used in the revegetation and recovery efforts of the Pine Ridge Fire which occurred near DeBeque earlier this summer.

The Bureau of Land Management received $10,000 which will be distributed through the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University. The Mesa County Wildland Fire Team also received $10,000.

Chevron owns a large portion of land in the Piceance Basin. Michael DeBerry, Rocky Mountain area manager, explained that both agencies were helpful to the company as they organized the safety of their employees working in the area.

“It gave us a tremendous opportunity to interact with the BLM and see what an effort these agencies make in these types of events,” DeBerry said.

The Water Center will use the funds to purchase seeds for revegetation of the area damaged by the fire and protect the long term water benefits for recovery, said Hannah Holm, coordinator for the Water Center.

The Mesa County Wildland Fire Team plans to use the money for addition training of their 32 crew members and toward the replacement of a 22-year-old fire truck.

“This donation is very important to us,” said Spiess, “Chevron’s assistance is an example of what can be done when a community comes together on these types of efforts.”


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