Durango Fire Protection District

Los Pinos hires former Durango captain to start volunteer program

IGNACIO – When Greg Childress stopped by a fire academy in Florida to pick up an application, he didn’t know what an “EMT” was, but he thought he might find an interesting job. The decision...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine Fire Protection District hosts 9/11 Stair Climb

Upper Pine Fire Protection District hosted the second annual 9/11 Stair Climb on Wednesday at the Durango SkySteps leading to Fort Lewis College. Fire Capt. Josh Schmidt spoke at the event, with...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire danger increases in Southwest Colorado

The National Weather Service has issued a “fire weather watch” for Southwest Colorado as the combination of dry weather and increased chances of lightning enter the region this week. The fire...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents douse fire in north Durango after D&SNG train passed by

Residents in north Durango on Monday were forced to put out a fire next to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks, just as the afternoon train rolled into town. Karola Hanks, fire...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fire uses teamwork to support mental health

When Durango firefighters and paramedics pass through the city, they are reminded of past calls, like echoes in time – a crash at that intersection, a bodily trauma call in that house, the loss of...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal miner seriously injured at King II near Hesperus

A 40-year-old Cortez man was seriously injured and required a helicopter transport to Denver last week while working at GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus. Rod Allen, with Durango Fire...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire station expansion behind schedule

A major expansion of the fire station near northern city limits is running several months behind schedule. Durango Fire Protection District planned to finish the expansion by June, but the snowy...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climber rescued after falling northeast of Durango

A climber was rescued Monday evening after falling near the northwest boundary of Taylor Ranch, a subdivision about 5 miles northeast of Durango. The woman had to be lifted 230 feet after injuring...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire danger rears its head, with red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado

Despite heavy snowpack this winter and a wet spring, conditions in Southwest Colorado can change on a dime: The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for much of La Plata and...

DATE: June 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Swiftwater rescue team enters its busy season

Waterways are running at near-peak levels this week after the San Juan Mountains received above-average snowfall this winter. The high water can be an allure to river users, but also a danger for...

DATE: June 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters battle slow-moving wildfire on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters were battling a slow-moving but persistent wildfire Tuesday on Missionary Ridge, north of Durango. The fire, dubbed the 186 Fire, was reported Tuesday morning in the Stevens Creek...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County revisits fire restriction policies in wake of 416 Fire

La Plata County is refining the way it implements fire restrictions after the 416 Fire last year brought a big learning moment to the community. Last year, extreme drought plagued Southwest...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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