416 Fire

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

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

HERMOSA – The weather Monday morning was sunny and calm, with no monsoonal thunderstorms in the forecast. Looking east across the Animas Valley, observers would think that nothing ever happened....

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climate change worsens extreme heat, fires

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe sustained its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the U.S. West burned...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in the West

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers....

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Homeowners and businesses begin recovery from flood

Abby Fry may be only 4 years old, but she is motivated to start cleaning up after flooding damaged her family’s apartment. Since Tuesday’s floods, mudslides and debris flows, Abby can be seen in...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heavy rain brings down mud, debris from 416 Fire burn area

HERMOSA – Tuesday’s skies unleashed a torrent of rain in the north Animas Valley, a second bite from a monsoon season made frightful by the 416 Fire. Water a foot deep flowed around the Country...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highway 550, county roads reopen after debris flows caused closures

Updated at 6:40 p.m. U.S. Highway 550, County Road 250, County Road 250C and County Roads 203 all reopened about 6:30 p.m., said Megan Graham, La Plata County spokeswoman. Debris crossing U.S....

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rains keep fire small east of Pagosa Springs

A lightning-caused fire discovered Monday afternoon 4 miles east of Pagosa Springs, is not expected to grow, and the 416 Fire remains well in hand. Gretchen Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for the San Juan...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tour examines drought’s impacts in La Plata County

The long-lasting impacts of drought were apparent Monday as a flare-up began to produce a small plume of smoke in the 416 Fire burn scar just as Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bear cub injured in 416 Fire is bandage-free

An orphaned bear cub whose paws were burned in the 416 Fire has almost fully recovered. “The burns have healed nicely, and at this point, I’d say her paws are about 95 percent healed,” said Michael...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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