416 Fire

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

Firefighters use burnouts to outsmart 416 Fire

HERMOSA – The ominous plume north of Durango churned for an eleventh day Monday, putting up periodic puffs of black smoke as the blaze found pockets of thick vegetation – some discovered by natural...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air quality in Durango measures at ‘hazardous’ levels

At certain times of day, air quality in Durango has been measured at the “hazardous” level, the poorest level on the air-quality index. An air-quality advisory has been issued every day since the...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Assistance center set up for those affected by 416 Fire

For 416 Fire evacuees, information about food assistance, help finding a day job, assistance with your monthly mortgage coming due and more is available at the Disaster Assistance Center in the...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

How to help with the 416 Fire

Here are the latest ways, as of June 11, you can help people working on the 416 Fire and evacuees. Monetary donations Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado is accepting monetary donations...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango considers closing trails, open spaces to recreation

The city of Durango will consider closing its trails and open spaces Tuesday. Durango City Council will hold a special meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday to discuss closing city-owned open spaces to...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service to close San Juan National Forest for first time ever

The San Juan National Forest is set to close Tuesday for the first time since the forest was designated a national forest more than a hundred years ago. “We realize this is a really difficult thing...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backfires, fire lines and structure protection rule the day on 416 Fire

5 p.m. “Don’t be a Lookie-loo!” – that’s the message from the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT sent out a message late Monday urging people to steer clear of the south closure point on...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain could arrive this week in Southwest Colorado

Desperately needed rain that could help firefighting efforts in Southwest Colorado is in the forecast. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says the chance for precipitation starts...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officials hold their fire on blaze-buzzing drones

After the reports of some idiot flying a drone over the 416 Fire, why doesn’t law enforcement shoot down the thing with a shotgun? Seriously. Just blast it out of the sky with a 12-gauge. Then cite...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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