Upper Pine fire hires new chief

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District has promoted one of its own to serve as chief.

Bruce Evans arrived in Southwest Colorado in 2008 and has been working as an administrative chief with the department.

Before his arrival, Evans served as the emergency medical services chief and assistant chief at the North Las Vegas Fire Department in southern Nevada. He has more than 27 years of experience in emergency medical services.

The Upper Pine Fire department oversees 265 square miles in eastern La Plata County, including Bayfield, Forest Lakes and Vallecito. The district has a permanent population of about 15,000 residents.

“There are some great people serving the fire district, and it is a gift to have the opportunity to build on the hard work of some longtime dedicated residents that helped create the organization,” Evans said in a news release. “This is a great community, and you couldn’t ask for a more spectacular place to be the fire chief.”

Jeff Dyar, president of the fire district, praised Evans for his extensive history in firefighting and medical services.

“Having a professional with Bruce’s background and experience leading the way will allow Upper Pine to attain the highest level of service for our residents,” he said in the release. “We could not be more pleased to make this appointment.”

Evans is an avid railroad fan and enjoys the whitewater. He moved here with his wife, Debora, and son, Oliver.

He replaces Rich Graeber, who left in July 2012 for a position in the private sector.