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Some roads, trails around 416 Fire start to open

Areas around the 416 Fire burn scar are starting to open up. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that the closure area for the 416 Fire will shrink to allow public access, effective Friday....

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Unforeseen breaks helped firefighters during 416 Fire

Wildland firefighters liken their work to poker hands, and when it comes to Southwest Colorado, odds are you’re going to be dealt some ugly cards. “I talked with an incident commander who told me:...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters pack it up as storms loom over 416 Fire

The National Incident Management Organization team assigned to the 416 Fire closed its incident command post Tuesday at Animas Valley Elementary School. The school has served as the command post...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighting efforts wind down on 416 Fire; moisture to persist this week

Afternoon rains last weekend helped tame the 416 Fire, allowing the release of most firefighting resources and enabling the transfer of management from the National Incident Management Organization...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flash flood watch in effect for 416 Fire burn scar

The risk of flooding near the 416 Fire is expected to persist Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the 416 Fire burn scar from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday. The...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rehab work begins around 416 Fire, with eye on the sky

Favorable weather conditions helped slow the 416 Fire on Friday, allowing firefighters to shift their focus from fire suppression to repairing areas damaged during firefighting efforts. At the...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Growth slows on 416 Fire; storms expected to help this weekend

Expansion of the 416 Fire slowed with decreased fire activity Thursday after the blaze grew only 869 acres on the Fourth of July. As of Thursday, the 416 Fire was at 45 percent containment, which...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storms to create erratic conditions on 416 Fire

Fire officials expect steady growth of the 416 Fire over the next week, with scattered storms, dry lightning and wind gusts that could reach 50 mph. Fire managers will monitor isolated...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire on track to become one of Colorado’s largest wildfires

The 416 Fire is on track this week to become one of Colorado’s largest wildfires in state history. According to a Monday morning update from the National Incident Management Organization, the 416...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Efforts to contain 416 Fire move to the northeast

Additional firefighters arrived Sunday to help battle the 416 Fire and more were expected Monday. Don Ferguson, a public information officer for the 416 Fire, said approximately 10 engines and...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire grows by more than 4,000 acres

A towering plume of smoke signaled another hot, windy day on the 416 Fire, which found pockets of thick, dry vegetation in remote locations of the San Juan National Forest. The blaze was reported...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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