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

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

416 Fire not harming tourism, director says

Tourism agencies have well-crafted marketing campaigns to draw in targeted crowds. But when natural disasters happen, they have to pivot to crisis communication to keep their message on point. The...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Education

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

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