Durango Fire Protection District

Wildfire sparks west of Durango near Lightner Creek area

Firefighters battled a wildfire Saturday west of Durango in the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area. The fire, called the Coal Gulch Fire, was reported at 4:19 p.m. about a half mile north of Highway...

DATE: July 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two more fires start in Southwest Colorado

Two new fires were reported Thursday in the region, one near Durango and another on Ute Mountain Ute Land. They came on the heels of three fires that ignited Wednesday and add to the workload of...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Destructive Marvel fire likely started by gas grill

Two cabins were destroyed in a fire Wednesday on County Road 101 near Marvel that also sent a woman to Mercy Regional Medical Center with smoke inhalation, officials said Thursday. The woman has...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

UPDATE: Crews work to keep fire from canyon, wooded area

9 a.m. update As of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, the 78-acre Black Ridge Fire had 80 percent of its perimeter lined with fire retardant dropped from the air Wednesday evening. It is estimated to be 20...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Area firefighters help with blazes around the state, nation

Seasonal wildland firefighters left Durango Wednesday to help with the growing Hayden Pass Fire near Coaldale. The Upper Pine Fire Protection District also sent a firefighter to help, and other...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango firefighters are behind July Fourth’s oohs and aahs

To light up Durango’s Monday night sky, firefighters put in about 100 hours of necessary prep work to be sure 642 shells were ready for 20 minutes of glory above Greenmount Cemetery. “Who wouldn’t...

DATE: July 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman dies jumping waterfalls at Cascade Creek; two rescued

A rescue turned into a recovery Sunday afternoon on Cascade Creek. “I can confirm we have a victim,” La Plata Search and Rescue President Ron Corkish said. “But this is in San Juan County, and the...

DATE: July 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pancakes, parades and fireworks for July Fourth in Southwest Colorado

In 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost a $60 million contract after injuring himself while setting off fireworks on the Fourth of July. Learn vicariously from him and leave...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Agencies hammer out cost-sharing agreement for 217 Fire

A cost-sharing agreement has been worked out among the agencies that responded last week to a 33-acre wildfire south of Durango. While a split has been worked out, it will be several months before...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River too high, too cold to raft without life jackets

Durango Fire Protection District was called out for a water rescue near Iris Park in Durango Wednesday afternoon, and while it ended up being a nonevent, the incident illustrated the dangers of the...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire south of Durango 100 percent contained

The wildland fire eight miles south of Durango has been 100 percent contained as of Sunday evening, said Karola Hanks, fire marshal with the Durango Fire Protection District. “We had a very...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

No-burn order issued in Durango as hot, dry weather continues

Warm temperatures and continued windy conditions brought another red flag warning for Thursday. Also, the Durango Fire Protection District has issued a no-burn order for Thursday, meaning all burn...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News