416 Fire

Unforeseen breaks helped firefighters during 416 Fire

Wildland firefighters liken their work to poker hands, and when it comes to Southwest Colorado, odds are you’re going to be dealt some ugly cards. “I talked with an incident commander who told me:...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners unanimously lift fire restrictions

La Plata County commissioners unanimously approved lifting all fire restrictions during a special business meeting Wednesday. The decision, which was recommended by the Forest Service, La Plata...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

As heavy rain caused flooding, rockslides and mudslides Tuesday night, Fran and John Reynolds felt a little more settled than they might otherwise have. The Reynolds live on U.S. Highway 550, about...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

CPW: Thousands of fish may be dying from 416 Fire ash in Animas

Thousands of fish are suffocating from the ash and dirt washing into the Animas River from the 416 Fire burn area. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has not done an official count, but the agency...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highways 160 and 550 reopen after heavy rain forced mudslides

Floods and mudslides that emergency workers feared since rains started to hit the 416 Fire burn scar arrived Tuesday afternoon, with significant debris flows across U.S. Highway 550, railroad...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A bird’s-eye view of what floods may bring

A perfect storm could send debris hurtling down canyons and potentially damage property adjacent to the 416 Fire burn scar. To prepare for the worst-case scenario, La Plata County Office of...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash flood warning issued for 416 burn scar

Rain remains in the forecast through Wednesday for Southwest Colorado, but after mid-week, expect hot, dry weather to return to Southwest Colorado. Megan Stackhouse, a National Weather Service...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Initial response to 416 Fire was critical to protecting homes

Chris Tipton, a fire management officer with the Columbine Forest District, spent the morning of June 1 at a firefighting briefing at Vallecito Lake discussing available firefighting resources and...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Previously closed trails and roads re-open near burn areas

The San Juan National Forest has re-opened trails and roads – including the Colorado Trail – that were part of a closed area of the forest near the 416 and Burro fires. The areas were originally...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

D&SNG rolls again after suspending service for 41 days

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad sent two trains and 750 passengers to Silverton on Thursday after county commissioners downgraded to Stage 2 fire restrictions on Wednesday. The train...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ash blamed for fish kill in Animas River

An ash flow likely caused a small fish kill in the Animas River north of Durango, and it is likely more fish will die as ash flows into the river from the 416 Fire burn scar. Leah Espinosa and her...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County downgrades to Stage 2 fire restrictions

La Plata County on Wednesday downgraded to Stage 2 fire restrictions. In a unanimous vote, La Plata County commissioners decided that with more moisture in the region, which has tempered fire...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News