Durango Fire Protection District

In life or death situations, first responders can find themselves in the ‘dead zone’

There are some areas in La Plata County, and throughout Southwest Colorado, where cellphone and radio reception “dead zones” make first response in emergencies – and asking for help – nearly...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After three decades, Project Merry Christmas calls it quits

After 34 years of trying to make the holidays brighter for families and people in need, Project Merry Christmas has announced it will disband. In a statement posted to its website , the nonprofit’s...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Investigators zero in on cause of fire at La Plata County Fairgrounds

Fire investigators have homed in on the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to an unoccupied two-story building at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The fire was reported about 10:45 p.m....

DATE: Nov. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

No foul play suspected in La Plata County Fairgrounds fire

A fire Friday night in an unoccupied two-story building at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., destroyed the second floor and left the structure unusable indefinitely, said Durango...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Clogged dryer vent blamed for mobile home fire

A mobile home fire that displaced a family Sunday night northeast of Elmore’s Corner originated in a dryer vent, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire Protection District. The fire...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

First responders killed in 1974 fire to be honored

Two first responders dead. A gaping hole in the middle of an historic downtown block in Durango. A long and emotional saga for the survivors. The memories of the 1974 fire still echo today, a group...

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

Fire breaks out at mobile home northeast of Durango

A mobile home received significant damage Sunday night in a fire that broke out northeast of Durango, according to Durango Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Karola Hanks. Fire crews received a...

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

Two fires burn 3 acres each in Upper Pine district, chief says

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District responded Saturday to two fires that drained resources in the small agency in eastern La Plata County. Both fires were contained by 4 p.m., said Bruce...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two cabins destroyed by fire northeast of Durango

Two cabins were destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon near the Aspen Trails subdivision northeast of Durango, a fire that spread into the surrounding wildlands. The fire was reported shortly before...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

When seconds count, Durango firefighters hit the brass pole

In the race to douse a blaze or save a patient’s life, firefighters at Station No. 3 in north Durango have a new tool – a brass fire pole. The $18,000 pole is the first in town and was installed...

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

Fort Lewis College professor arrested in connection with City Market fire

A Fort Lewis College associate professor was arrested on suspicion of arson for setting tortilla chips on fire Saturday at south City Market, forcing the grocery store to close. Cmdr. Ray Shupe...

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

Suspected arson shutters south City Market until Sunday afternoon

An arson investigation is underway after someone set tortilla chips on fire at south City Market around 8 p.m. Saturday. South City Market reopened at 2:15 p.m. Sunday after being forced to close...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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