Durango Fire Protection District

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

Saving lives in the back of a bouncing ambulance

Whatever you do, don’t call paramedics and emergency medical technicians “ambulance drivers.” It’s like calling a nurse a “doctor’s helper” – they’re so much more than that. Take Durango Fire...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Did you smell smoke this morning? That’s the smell of spring

Early risers got a good whiff of smoke in the Animas Valley this morning, an alarming smell that may have evoked fearful memories for some in La Plata County. But not to worry – fire officials said...

DATE: April 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to report of explosion in north Durango

Firefighters responded to a report of an explosion Tuesday night in north Durango. David Linden said he had just eaten dinner and was watching “Our Planet” on Netflix when he heard and felt a blast...

DATE: April 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fire Protection District retires oldest engine

A firetruck is much more than just six wheels, sirens and a water hose – it “becomes a piece of us,” said retired Durango Fire Department Capt. Pat Kelly. And one piece of Kelly, the 1982 Seagrave...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters respond to house fire in South Durango

Firefighters said Tuesday they are unsure of the exact cause of an apartment fire that started Monday afternoon in South Durango. The fire was reported at 3:35 p.m., and the first unit arrived on...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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