416 Fire

Fire officials waiting for monsoons to put out 416 Fire

The 416 fire grew over 50 acres Saturday, totaling 34,278 acres. The fire remains 37 percent contained. Crews spent Saturday monitoring and improving existing fire lines, as well as working on...

DATE: June 23, 2018 | UPDATED: 15 hours 31 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

NIMO team takes command of 416 Fire

A National Incident Management Organization team assumed command of the 34,224-acre 416 Fire at 6 a.m. Friday. NIMO, a Type I team, has fewer personnel than the management team it replaced but has...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

StillHouse Junkies write song for fire-relief effort

In tough times, it may be hard to know how to help. In the case of Durango band StillHouse Junkies, they decided to help 416 Fire relief efforts by doing what they do best: writing and recording a...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Fire crews begin rehab along eastern perimeter of 416 Fire

By Alex Semadeni Herald Staff Writer As the behavior of the 416 Fire slows down, crews are beginning rehab efforts on the eastern perimeter of the burn area along U.S. Highway 550. “They’ll go in...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train to offer limited service beginning Friday

A familiar sight in Durango will return Friday – the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train. Railroad owner Al Harper said Thursday the train will start running shorter trips on sections...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory to reopen for summer activities July 2

Purgatory Resort will reopen for summer activities July 2 and lodging accommodations will reopen June 29. The resort was forced to temporarily suspend its operations during the 416 Fire. “While...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County will remain in Stage 3 fire restrictions

La Plata County will not downgrade its fire restrictions because, commissioners said Thursday, weather conditions and fire danger have not changed to justify the move. Commissioners unanimously...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

For Paulette Church, the ominous approach of the 416 Fire toward her home just north of Durango was, in many ways, the moment she has been preparing for. For years, Church and her neighbors in the...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire will be under new management Friday

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 1 Team will hit its 14-day limit for working a fire at the end of the day Thursday, and management of the 416 Fire will shift to a National Incident...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Community fund accepting applications for those impacted by 416 Fire

Donations to the Community Emergency Relief Fund have added up to more than $145,000 since the 416 Fire began burning. CERF, managed by the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, has a...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

HERMOSA – After two weeks of thick smoke from the 416 Fire, blue skies returned this week to northern La Plata County, disguising almost all evidence of the 34,000-acre fire that smolders below....

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled mornings may return to Durango

Thanks to Tropical Storm Bud, Durango has received a welcome reprieve from the thick smoke that settled in town most mornings since the 416 Fire broke out, but that could change later this week....

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News