416 Fire

Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

Fewer birds were spotted during this winter’s annual bird count, a possible side effect of drought and the 416 Fire, but researchers say it’s too soon to draw conclusions. “The number of birds were...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

WATCH: Baby bear burned in 416 Fire reintroduced to wilderness

Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted a video to its Facebook page Monday that shows crews’ efforts to release a bear cub back into the wilderness. The baby bear suffered significant burns to its...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

It has been a long, difficult journey for the bear cub injured last summer during the 416 Fire. But on Friday, she was released back into the wild, in good health and with another chance at life....

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado to get a permanent weather radar system

It’s official: A permanent weather radar system for Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners is on its way. Recently, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded $1.7 million in funding for a...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire lawsuit may be put on hold

A lawsuit accusing the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad of starting the 416 Fire that burned more than 54,000 acres this summer may be put on a brief hold, or a stay of proceedings,...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Studies Institute receives grant for 416 Fire work

Mountain Studies Institute has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help restore public lands damaged by the 416 Fire and provide educational opportunities to the community recovering from wildfire. The...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

After die-off, Animas River restocked with fish

The restoration of the Animas River has begun. Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday stocked 1,500 rainbow trout in the Animas River at a few locations from the 32nd Street Bridge to the High...

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

Taxpayers pay half the costs when Durango-Silverton train starts fires

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-burning locomotives have a long history of starting wildfires on public lands, with about half the firefighting costs falling on the taxpayers....

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

Six months later, no cause released for 416 Fire

Six months later, and no official cause of the 416 Fire has been announced. Saturday will officially mark six months since June 1, the start of the 416 Fire, which burned 54,000 acres north of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grant to aid in wildfire recovery, including 416 Fire

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday a grant of $20.2 million to wildfire recovery projects in La Plata, Huerfano, Costilla and Eagle counties. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Colorado...

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

Study: Short-lived economic hit from wildfires

A Fort Lewis College professor has some hopeful news to those worried about the economic impact of wildfires: At least in Southwest Colorado, past fires have had limited and short-lived impacts. In...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Efforts underway to fill radar ‘blind spot’

Efforts are afoot to install a new radar system in Southwest Colorado that would effectively fill in one of the nation’s largest weather forecasting blind spots. The Four Corners has long been...

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

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