416 Fire

Federal government sues Durango train for starting 416 Fire

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is the cause of the 416 Fire, the U.S. Forest Service officially announced Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday a lawsuit on behalf of...

DATE: July 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Official cause of 416 Fire ‘corroborates’ allegations in local lawsuit, attorney says

A government lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court “corroborated” what dozens of Durango-area residents and businesses allege in a lawsuit of their own: that the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge...

DATE: July 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Natural disaster aid bill to help Forest Service recoup funds

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed a comprehensive natural disaster aid package Monday evening that provides $19.1 billion for wildfire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake and flood relief. Among the...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fish Hatchery rebounds after nerve-wracking drought year

Colorado’s second oldest fish hatchery is finally recovering from last year’s drought conditions. “Last year was a very nervous situation with how low the water levels got,” said Toby Mourning,...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Temporary radar system installed to help predict 416 Fire flooding

A temporary radar system was installed last week north of Durango to help track storms that might cause flooding from the 416 Fire burn scar. The system is the same equipment that was brought in...

DATE: June 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire’s scar looms as life returns to normal

Residents were filled with fear, horror and shock when the 416 Fire grew from a “wisp of smoke” to an 11,000-acre wildfire on June 1, 2018 – the first day of the 416 Fire. Since then, residents...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A year later, much remains to be done around 416 Fire burn area

It’s going to take about $7 million to protect about 120 homes north of Durango from the potential of flooding and mudslides coming off the 416 Fire burn scar, according to a county official. In...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

When will Forest Service name cause of 416 Fire?

Three-hundred and sixty-five days after that fateful day, the U.S. Forest Service has still not named the cause of the 416 Fire. “It’s a shame we don’t have the results of the investigation into...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial date set in lawsuit accusing Durango train of starting 416 Fire

A trial date has been set in the lawsuit filed by residents and business owners against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which they accuse of starting the 416 Fire. The lawsuit, filed...

DATE: May 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County revisits fire restriction policies in wake of 416 Fire

La Plata County is refining the way it implements fire restrictions after the 416 Fire last year brought a big learning moment to the community. Last year, extreme drought plagued Southwest...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest lands closed during 416 Fire to reopen Wednesday

Hermosa Creek within the 416 Fire burn scar will reopen to the public Wednesday. Denise Alonzo, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service’s San Juan National Forest, sent a news release Tuesday that...

DATE: April 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Once a source of fresh water, Hermosa Creek now threatens Animas River

Between heavy metal contamination from legacy mines in Silverton, high levels of E. coli from unknown sources and higher water temperatures that stress aquatic life, the Animas River has its...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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