416 Fire

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

Weather makes fighting 416 Fire tough

The 416 Fire worked its way to North Buck Creek and the Buck Creek drainage on Sunday and grew to 16,766 acres, almost doubling in size in a 24-hour period. On Sunday evening, fire officials said...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Twitter’s alight with 416 Fire maps

Social media and technology make Twitter a place to find all kinds of maps about wildfires, including the 416 Fire north and west of Durango. Satellite weather models, GIFs, overlays are tools...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What does a red flag warning mean?

A red flag warning has been issued for Southwest Colorado from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, which means that fires can start quickly, spread quickly, and burn with intensity. The best way to control...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

220 more homes ordered to evacuate; land agencies to consider Stage 3 fire restrictions

5:35 p.m. The San Juan National Forest and La Plata County government said they plan to enact Stage 3 fire restrictions early next week. Stage 3 restrictions could close federal lands, and in La...

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 agencies working to support those impacted by fire

Since the 416 Fire broke out last week, Durangoans have been looking for any way they can to help firefighters, evacuees, businesses and those who are out of a job. Briggen Wrinkle, executive...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuees may be surprised by what insurance covers

When wildfire is bearing down on a home, insurance might not be the first thing people think about. But taking a moment to inventory and document your possessions can pay off in the long run. When...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuations can be especially complicated for pet owners

Being evacuated and having to find a place to live can be emotionally and logistically difficult. But doing it with pets can be even more challenging. Residents who are evacuated don’t want to be...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stage set for dangerous wildfire conditions months ago

Jeff Derry knew Southwest Colorado could be in for a dangerous fire season as early as last fall. Derry, executive director of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies in Silverton, tracks storms in...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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