Durango Fire Protection District

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

Several lightning-caused fires start east of Durango

Several small lightning-caused fires started Friday afternoon near County Road 228, northeast of Elmore’s Corner in La Plata County. “Most of them are single trees,” said Durango Fire Protection...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

House destroyed in fire near Oxford

A log house was destroyed and two dogs died in an early morning fire Thursday northwest of Oxford. Scot Davis, spokesman with the Durango Fire Protection District, said the call came in at 1 a.m....

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad eyes Thursday reopening

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad plans to resume coal-fired steam engine service to Silverton on Thursday, after more than 40 days stuck in the depot. “We are preparing to run on that...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters gain ground on 416 Fire

Federal firefighters put on an air show Saturday, using helicopters and air tankers to keep the 416 Fire from crossing U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango and achieving 10 percent containment on the...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire grows to more than 1,000 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

Here is the latest news on the 416 Fire north of Durango. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is released. 8:02 p.m. The 416 Fire has grown to 1,100 acres as of 7:30...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stricter fire restrictions likely to be enacted this week

Stricter fire restrictions are expected to be implemented this week as a result of dry conditions with little relief in sight. La Plata County fire chiefs will recommend that county commissioners...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fire using tax increase to hire staff, make improvements

The property tax increase voters overwhelming approved in the November election has helped the Durango Fire Protection District move forward to hire staff, buy new vehicles and remodel a fire...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red flag warning issued Sunday in Southwest Colorado

A red flag warning due to high fire danger was issued for Sunday, and residents should expect more fire restrictions to go into effect throughout the week as Southwest Colorado suffers from a...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to shed, brush fire in Grandview area

Firefighters doused a shed and small brush fire Tuesday afternoon that broke out in the Grandview area, said Rod Allen, battalion chief with the Durango Fire Protection District. A crew of 15...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pedestrian fatalities hit all-time high in Colorado

The number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths in recent years, including in Colorado where pedestrian fatalities reached an...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hunter rescued Friday night in Falls Creek area

A 46-year-old man was rescued Friday night in the Falls Creek area north of Durango. Ron Corkish with La Plata County Search and Rescue said they received a call about a stranded hunter shortly...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News