416 Fire

Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will likely be forced to wait until next summer to use trails closed in the 416 Fire burn area. The threat of flooding, mudslides and debris flows could make any...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood insurance option open to those affected by 416 Fire

Homeowners who are at risk for flooding, mud flows and debris flows in and around the 416 Fire burn scar might be exempted from the 30-day waiting period most flood insurance requires before it...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash-flood warning in effect for La Plata County

A flash-flood warning is in effect for La Plata County until 7:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The warning was sent at about 4:15 p.m. The Weather Service said...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A musical prelude from out of the 416 Fire’s ashes

Composer David Sterrett’s prelude, “Brighter Than the Flames,” opened the 2018 Music in the Mountains festival as a tribute to the men and women who battled the 416 Fire. That was July 13, when...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Music

Battered in recent years, the Animas has bounced back before

It’s been a rough couple of years for the Animas River. This weekend marks three years since the river, which runs through the heart of Durango, endured a massive mine waste spill from a blowout at...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad , says if all goes according to plan, the historic railway that draws thousands of tourists to Southwest Colorado will not have...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mudslides close U.S. Highway 550 briefly north of Durango

U.S. Highway 550 closed briefly Thursday afternoon between Honeyville and the intersection with East Animas Road (County Road 250) for mudslides triggered by heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire declared 100 percent contained; interior still smolders

Recent rainfall has given fire officials the confidence to declare the 416 Fire 100 percent contained as of 3 p.m. Tuesday – on schedule with a projected containment date. Firefighters created a...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

HERMOSA – The weather Monday morning was sunny and calm, with no monsoonal thunderstorms in the forecast. Looking east across the Animas Valley, observers would think that nothing ever happened....

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climate change worsens extreme heat, fires

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe sustained its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the U.S. West burned...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in the West

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers....

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life