Rains keep fire small east of Pagosa Springs

A lightning-caused fire discovered Monday afternoon 4 miles east of Pagosa Springs, is not expected to grow, and the 416 Fire remains well in hand. Gretchen Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for the San Juan...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tour examines drought’s impacts in La Plata County

The long-lasting impacts of drought were apparent Monday as a flare-up began to produce a small plume of smoke in the 416 Fire burn scar just as Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bear cub injured in 416 Fire is bandage-free

An orphaned bear cub whose paws were burned in the 416 Fire has almost fully recovered. “The burns have healed nicely, and at this point, I’d say her paws are about 95 percent healed,” said Michael...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Parks and Wildlife saves 300 fish from 416 Fire’s deadly runoff

About 300 fish in the Animas River were saved Wednesday from the deadly runoff from the 416 Fire that in recent days has killed thousands of fish in the stretch north of Durango down to the New...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unforeseen breaks helped firefighters during 416 Fire

Wildland firefighters liken their work to poker hands, and when it comes to Southwest Colorado, odds are you’re going to be dealt some ugly cards. “I talked with an incident commander who told me:...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners unanimously lift fire restrictions

La Plata County commissioners unanimously approved lifting all fire restrictions during a special business meeting Wednesday. The decision, which was recommended by the Forest Service, La Plata...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

As heavy rain caused flooding, rockslides and mudslides Tuesday night, Fran and John Reynolds felt a little more settled than they might otherwise have. The Reynolds live on U.S. Highway 550, about...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

CPW: Thousands of fish may be dying from 416 Fire ash in Animas

Thousands of fish are suffocating from the ash and dirt washing into the Animas River from the 416 Fire burn area. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has not done an official count, but the agency...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highways 160 and 550 reopen after heavy rain forced mudslides

Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A bird’s-eye view of what floods may bring

A perfect storm could send debris hurtling down canyons and potentially damage property adjacent to the 416 Fire burn scar. To prepare for the worst-case scenario, La Plata County Office of...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash flood warning issued for 416 burn scar

Rain remains in the forecast through Wednesday for Southwest Colorado, but after mid-week, expect hot, dry weather to return to Southwest Colorado. Megan Stackhouse, a National Weather Service...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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