La Plata County has seven active COVID-19 outbreaks at workplaces, restaurants

Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, La Plata County is now reporting a total of seven active outbreaks throughout workplaces, restaurants, bars and schools. The Colorado Department of Public Health and...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID cases, quarantines cause staffing issues for Durango Fire Protection District

The Durango Fire Protection District is experiencing serious staffing issues after a handful of crew members recently tested positive for COVID-19, said Chief Hal Doughty. Two crew members who...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango firefighter retires after 50 years of service

The morning Art Rieke submitted his resignation to the Durango Fire Protection District, after 50 years of service, Rieke, wearing a Durango Fire shirt, wistfully said, “I regret not being 18 and...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man rescued from septic tank at wastewater treatment plant near Ignacio

A 50-year-old man required transport to Mercy Regional Medical Center after being found stuck and unconscious in a septic tank, according to authorities. Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire breaks out near Purgatory Resort

A wildfire, dubbed “The Needles Fire,” broke out about 3 p.m. Wednesday near Purgatory Resort. Two single-engine air tankers and more than 20 firefighters were working the blaze Wednesday...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas leak prompts evacuations in north Durango

Homes were temporarily evacuated Thursday afternoon in north Durango for a gas leak, according to Durango Fire Protection District. Chief Hal Doughty said the gas leak was discovered Thursday...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local fire districts honor Sept. 11 fallen firefighters with stair climb

Local firefighters participated in the annual stair climb at Fort Lewis College to honor the 343 firefighters and other first responders who died while in service on Sept. 11, 2001. The Fort Lewis...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lifts all fire restrictions

La Plata County lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions on Tuesday. With recent rains, local fire chiefs believe fires can be safely managed, said Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal Doughty....

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Durango break 100 degrees this weekend?

Southwest Colorado could see record-high temperatures this weekend as a significant heat wave grips the region. Erin Walter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction,...

DATE: July 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is lightning playing a bigger role in Southwest Colorado wildfires?

Across Southwest Colorado, lightning strikes have sparked several fires this year, a worrying trend as drought conditions take a hold on the region and passing storms drop only superficial amounts...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Favorable conditions aid firefighters on East Canyon, Six Shooter fires

Firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions Thursday to secure fire lines and mop up hot spots along two wildfires that broke out this week in Southwest Colorado. After four days of...

DATE: June 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roadside fire quickly doused on Florida Road in Durango

A small brush fire that broke out along roadside landscaping Wednesday in the 700 block of Florida Road illustrates just how fire-prone and parched vegetation is getting in Durango. The fire, which...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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