Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Air tankers play vital role in fighting 416 Fire

The Durango Air Tanker Base has already used more than 400,000 gallons of retardant this wildfire season to date, June 15, the most in a summer period since the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002. A...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s the perfect kind of rain’

The 416 Fire hasn’t exhaled its last column of smoke yet, but steady rainfall Saturday did help tame the 16-day-old wildfire and allow firefighters to increase containment lines around the...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Have you heard latest on 416 Fire? Spreading the word takes a small army

A white plume of smoke on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 about 10 miles north of Durango was the first indication residents had of a potentially dangerous wildfire. That was about 10 a.m. June...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

HERMOSA – Rainstorms forecast for this weekend could help quench the 416 Fire, but county officials warn it could also trigger flash floods and debris flows below the 33,000-acre burn area. The...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire managers report minimal activity today on 416 Fire, but keep watchful eye on weekend weather

4:30 p.m. Fire conditions are mostly calm and containment lines are holding on the 416 Fire, Incident Commander Todd Pechota said Friday at an afternoon news conference. Notably, firefighters have...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire analysts key to devising battle plans on 416 Fire

HERMOSA – Tucked away in back of Animas Valley Elementary School, which is housing the 416 Fire incident command post, is a room filled with computers, maps and models of the fire’s path. Here is...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain falls in Hermosa; about 70 percent of evacuees have been allowed to return home

3:30 p.m. An afternoon rain shower wet the ground at Animas Valley Elementary School, where a Type 1 federal firefighting team is conducting firefighting operations in Hermosa. An afternoon news...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Additional pre-evacuation orders issued Wednesday evening along parts of county roads 203 and 204

Here is the latest news about the 416 Fire: 6:10 p.m. Fire activity and firefighting operations on the 416 Fire has prompted a pre-evacuation notice for 163 homes and two businesses along the west...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

With Stage 3 fire restrictions, homeless residents become evacuees

A homeless camp west of Durango city limits was closed and moved to Escalante Middle School on Tuesday shortly before La Plata County commissioners enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions. One of the...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuations to be lifted for San Juan County residents

4:50 p.m. Residents of San Juan County who have been evacuated for the 416 Fire will be allowed to return home beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release issued Tuesday by La Plata...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

South Dakota firefighter Bill Wenzel helps protect homes during 416 Fire

On June 3, Bill Wenzel, a firefighter from Spearfish, South Dakota, was in a wildland firefighting class learning how to use chainsaws when he received a phone call. A Type 3 firefighting team was...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What does a red flag warning mean?

A red flag warning has been issued for Southwest Colorado from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, which means that fires can start quickly, spread quickly, and burn with intensity. The best way to control...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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