416 Fire

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

Thermal imaging guides 416 Fire decisions

Aerial infrared maps tell the striking story of how the intense flames of the 416 Fire consumed 7,180 acres in eight days. The precise images taken by U.S. Forest Service planes each night help to...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community briefing Saturday will update residents on 416 Fire

6:34 p.m. The 416 Fire crossed Hermosa Creek, just west of the Hermosa Campground on the southwestern perimeter of the fire, said Neal Kephart, a spokesman for the Type II team. In other news, La...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

5 things to know Friday about the 416 Fire

The 416 Fire grew to 7,180 acres as of Friday morning and remained at 10 percent contained. Here are five things you need to know. 1) Evacuation Notices The 416 fire has prompted over 1,000...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economic pain from 416 Fire hits home

The economic costs of the 416 Fire are adding up. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has furloughed 150 seasonal employees, Purgatory Resort has canceled several weddings and group...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

Firefighters prepared for a battle Thursday night as the 416 Fire moved down Hermosa Mountain and flirted with neighborhoods on the lower slopes. Fire managers said the blaze could reach homes by...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire evacuees face an uncertain future

HERMOSA – Hundreds of La Plata County residents found themselves facing an uncertain future Thursday as the 416 Fire inched its way closer to their Hermosa homes. Almost 500 homes – 497 to be...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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