Jeff’s emergency fire vlog from FUMC Durango on Vimeo.

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

1 Kings 19:11-13

Been Evacuated or on Pre-Evac?

Let us know. We want to help. Email answers to these questions to
1. Have you already been evacuated from your home?
2. Are you currently on pre-evacuation notice?
3. If you answered yes to either question 1 or 2, is there anything you need help with right now?
4. Are you needing a place to stay right now or in the future? Please specify how many beds you need.
5. If you need a place to stay, do you have pets that would also need a place to stay? Please specify what kind of pets you own and what their needs are.

Want to Help Those effected?

Email your answers to the following questions to and we will put you on our list.
1. Do you have an extra room or multiple extra rooms in your home for someone who has been evacuated and needs a place to stay?
2. Do you have the capacity for someone’s pets to stay at your home? Please specify what pets would and would not be welcome.
3. Do you have extra storage space where someone who has been evacuated can store some of their belongings? Please specify how much room you have.
4. Do you have the time and ability to help folks that need help moving their belongings? Please specify what dates you are available to help.
5. Do you have a place that can be a backup plan for Pastor Steve Martyn to stay while he is filling in for Pastor Jeff and preaching here at FUMC Durango the month of July? The place we had arranged for Steve to stay is in the evacuation zone so we’re not sure if it will be available by July or not at this time.

Join us for our Prayer Service

The entire community is invited to gather at First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 for a time of prayer and encouragement as we struggle with anxiety and fear in this midst of the fires and smoke. The Yellow Carrot will be providing food for a time of support after the service. The service will also be live-streamed at if you are unable to attend in person. Please feel free to see our website for more information or call the church office at 970-247-4213.

Already been Evacuated?

If you are out of town because you have been evacuated, please join us for worship at on Sunday at 9:30am.

Get Updates from the Town

If you are on Facebook, we would suggest following the link to the 416 Fire Facebook Page and using that for updates on evacuations and official announcements.

Afraid? Anxious?

Here is a link to Pastor Jeff’s Sermons on Fear and Anxiety from earlier this year: Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope

Other Ways to Help

Give via monetary donation to the church: Follow this link and select “quick give” on the left side of the screen. Select “Missions” instead of general budget. The Missions Finance Team will ensure funds are distributed to the appropriate location for local needs related to the fire. If paying with cash or check, please note Durango Fire on the check or envelope and bring it to the church office at 2917 Aspen Drive.

The 416 Fire Facebook Page has indicated the best ways to help are continuing to thank and honor the firefighters with banners and signs. You can also donate to But the best way by far is to create a defensible space around your home to help the firefighters best protect it and themselves from the fire.

If you would like to donate food, the Durango Food Bank is accepting donations for the families displaced by the fire. Please bring any donations there.

A great way to volunteer your time is to help answer phones for the emergency call center. If you’re interested in being a part of this effort – send name, phone, and availability (days/times) to They are currently looking for staffing through next weekend, typically 7 AM to 10 PM. They will receive your availability and get back in touch with the periods of time needed.

You can call the emergency call center at 970-385-8700. Or you can call the information line at 970-403-5326.

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