San Juan National Forest

Durango train begins fire mitigation, but is asked to stop

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s extensive fire mitigation project this spring was shut down after the U.S. Forest Service broached concerns about the number of trees being cut down...

DATE: July 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 12 hours 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sand Creek Fire tested by Saturday storms

The Sand Creek Fire, burning 20 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, didn’t grow measurably on Saturday despite afternoon winds that moved in with a storm. The fire was listed at 71 acres on Sunday...

DATE: June 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service stops unauthorized road building northeast of Durango

A property owner northeast of Durango who started building an unauthorized road on U.S. Forest Service lands last fall is now attempting to go through the proper channels, to the chagrin of some...

DATE: June 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire agencies increase response to small fire north of Pagosa

While fire crews work to contain three wildfires in Southwest Colorado, one small fire, north of Pagosa Springs, has grown more complex. The Sand Creek Fire, in a remote area on the Pagosa Ranger...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Illegal campfires plague San Juan National Forest

Illegal campfires have been a constant issue in the San Juan National Forest in recent weeks, elevating concerns about potential wildfire during a time of extreme drought. Current restrictions ban...

DATE: June 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

78-year-old hiker rescued after falling 20 feet in backcountry

Emergency responders successfully rescued a 78-year-old man Wednesday after he fell 20 feet while hiking in the backcountry off U.S. Highway 550 in San Juan County. San Juan County Search and...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire restrictions remain in place for San Juan National Forest

Fire restrictions remain in place on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including wilderness. Forest visitors are prohibited from igniting, building, maintaining,...

DATE: June 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman suffers burns in camper explosion on San Juan National Forest

A woman suffered serious burns last week from an explosion in her camper parked on the San Juan National Forest near Mancos, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman, who is from...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heat wave to hit Southwest Colorado on Wednesday

A heat wave is expected to hit Southwest Colorado on Wednesday, which will likely exacerbate already high fire danger conditions. Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan National Forest opens some camps before Memorial Day weekend

The San Juan National Forest will start to reopen campgrounds before Memorial Day weekend. According to a news release issued Wednesday, “several developed recreation sites” will open Friday....

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

On top of extreme drought, firefighters face new challenge: COVID-19

As if Southwest Colorado’s extreme drought wasn’t enough to raise concerns about a potentially destructive wildfire season, the added complications of the coronavirus have only fueled that anxiety....

DATE: May 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Opening of McPhee and House Creek boat ramps delayed

The opening of the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps has been delayed until June 1 to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Hand-launched non-motorized and non-trailered watercraft are allowed to launch...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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