416 Fire

Durango Diaries announces Season 2 speakers and story lineup

Southwest Colorado seems to have no end to captivating stories. That is partly a result of its rich history and partly a result of the diverse people who call it home. In an effort to share those...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State, federal officials assess flood damage in La Plata County

State and federal officials visited La Plata County earlier this week to do a joint, preliminary damage assessment on areas affected by flooding near the 416 Fire’s burn scar. Local officials...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some roads, trails around 416 Fire start to open

Areas around the 416 Fire burn scar are starting to open up. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that the closure area for the 416 Fire will shrink to allow public access, effective Friday....

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will likely be forced to wait until next summer to use trails closed in the 416 Fire burn area. The threat of flooding, mudslides and debris flows could make any...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood insurance option open to those affected by 416 Fire

Homeowners who are at risk for flooding, mud flows and debris flows in and around the 416 Fire burn scar might be exempted from the 30-day waiting period most flood insurance requires before it...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash-flood warning in effect for La Plata County

A flash-flood warning is in effect for La Plata County until 7:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The warning was sent at about 4:15 p.m. The Weather Service said...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A musical prelude from out of the 416 Fire’s ashes

Composer David Sterrett’s prelude, “Brighter Than the Flames,” opened the 2018 Music in the Mountains festival as a tribute to the men and women who battled the 416 Fire. That was July 13, when...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Battered in recent years, the Animas has bounced back before

It’s been a rough couple of years for the Animas River. This weekend marks three years since the river, which runs through the heart of Durango, endured a massive mine waste spill from a blowout at...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad bolsters fleet for dry years

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad , says if all goes according to plan, the historic railway that draws thousands of tourists to Southwest Colorado will not have...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mudslides close U.S. Highway 550 briefly north of Durango

U.S. Highway 550 closed briefly Thursday afternoon between Honeyville and the intersection with East Animas Road (County Road 250) for mudslides triggered by heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire declared 100 percent contained; interior still smolders

Recent rainfall has given fire officials the confidence to declare the 416 Fire 100 percent contained as of 3 p.m. Tuesday – on schedule with a projected containment date. Firefighters created a...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News