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416 Fire inspires new Red Cross volunteer

A combination of factors – moving to Southwest Colorado at the start of the 416 Fire, a previous stint with the American Red Cross and some time on her hands – merged to place Madeline Marquardt in...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drier weekend expected after Friday flood scare

Southwest Colorado may see some isolated thunderstorms this weekend. However, the chance for rain strong enough to trigger a flash-flood warning like the one that had emergency officials scrambling...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rains keep fire small east of Pagosa Springs

A lightning-caused fire discovered Monday afternoon 4 miles east of Pagosa Springs, is not expected to grow, and the 416 Fire remains well in hand. Gretchen Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for the San Juan...

DATE: July 24, 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

Wind sends ash, smoke from Burro Fire to Telluride

The wind shifted Thursday – blowing from the southwest to the northeast – and brought cold ash and smoke from the Burro Fire into Telluride. The ash and smoke grew progressively worse through the...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State documenting financial losses from 416 Fire

Durango and Silverton businesses may be approached by state officials in the next couple of weeks seeking to document their losses related to the 416 Fire. At least five businesses must be able to...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters use burnouts to outsmart 416 Fire

HERMOSA – The ominous plume north of Durango churned for an eleventh day Monday, putting up periodic puffs of black smoke as the blaze found pockets of thick vegetation – some discovered by natural...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows to 1,400 acres; forest closing to recreation

The Burro Fire northeast of Dolores started in the Bear Creek drainage on Friday and has rapidly grown to 1,400 acres. The main fire is burning in steep spruce-fir timber 5 miles up the Bear Creek...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year’s worth of...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

FEMA chief: Political disputes hurting Puerto Rico relief

WASHINGTON – Political differences are hurting the U.S. government’s response to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday. He did...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Ska Brewing party raises money for hurricane relief

Hurricane Irma’s impact on Ska Brewing Co.’s 22nd anniversary party sparked a relief effort that raised $28,000 for three Florida charities and the La Plata County Open Space Conservancy....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm Monday as it surged toward islands in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters warned it might...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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