Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

416 Fire nearly doubles in size; smoke advisory in effect

The latest on the 416 Fire: 7:15 p.m. Fire officials said Sunday evening the 416 fire is acting as predicted and burning actively and intensely today. In Division D, the southwest flank, the fire...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

HERMOSA – A huge plume of smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the sky Saturday afternoon near Hermosa, creating an ominous presence for residents who live in the Animas Valley north of Durango....

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters slow 416 Fire’s advance on Hermosa homes

Firefighters battled extreme conditions Friday – including hot weather, explosive fire behavior and rugged terrain – but after all of it settled down by nightfall, no homes had been lost to the 416...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community briefing Saturday will update residents on 416 Fire

6:34 p.m. The 416 Fire crossed Hermosa Creek, just west of the Hermosa Campground on the southwestern perimeter of the fire, said Neal Kephart, a spokesman for the Type II team. In other news, La...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

5 things to know Friday about the 416 Fire

The 416 Fire grew to 7,180 acres as of Friday morning and remained at 10 percent contained. Here are five things you need to know. 1) Evacuation Notices The 416 fire has prompted over 1,000...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nearly 500 homes evacuated in Hermosa area; more pre-evacuations issued

The latest news about the 416 Fire: 12:27 p.m. U.S. Highway 550 has reopened for through traffic only. Drivers will be escorted through the closure zone. Evacuees will have no access to their homes...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seasons restaurant accepting sock donations for firefighters

The owners of Seasons Rotisserie and Grill are accepting donations for firefighters battling the 416 Fire. The restaurant, 764 Main Ave. in Durango, is hosting a “Sock it to Me” donation program...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Type I command team will take over 416 Fire

5:15 p.m. The city is tightening up its fire restrictions. Backyard fire pits and charcoal grills are now prohibited to reduce fire danger, City Manager Ron LeBlanc said, in a recent meeting....

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters prepare for the long haul in hot, dry conditions

HERMOSA – Firefighters hunkered down Tuesday and prepared for what could be a multi-week effort on the 416 Fire, with hot and dry conditions expected to persist for the foreseeable future. “I...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hermosa residents watch, prepare for 416 Fire

HERMOSA – As the 416 Fire moves into the Hermosa Creek Drainage, residents have grown concerned that they may be in danger and are taking it upon themselves to help protect their homes. Since the...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New pre-evacuation notices issued on east side of Highway 550

Here is the latest on the 416 Fire: 5 p.m. The southern end of the closure of U.S. Highway 550 has been moved about two miles north to the northern intersection of Road County Road 250 (La Plata...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

On Day 3, evacuated residents wait and wonder

Suzanne Harrison was riding her bike in the Bakers Bridge area Friday morning when she noticed smoke near her home. She pedaled home as fast as she could, but by the time she got there, the...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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