San Juan National Forest

Firefighter city emerges in the Rockies to battle the Burro Fire

BEAR CREEK CANYON RIM – In a meadow northeast of Transfer Campground, a firefighter city has become a strategic base to battle the 3,700-acre Burro Fire in nearby Bear Creek Canyon. About 6 a.m....

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 15 hours 31 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal, local agencies reopen public lands

Nearly all previously closed public lands around Durango, including the entire San Juan National Forest, reopened Thursday, despite ongoing extreme drought conditions and unprecedented fire danger....

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire holding steady; hot, dry weather is coming

The Burro Fire had minimal growth overnight and continued to burn calmly Thursday, four days after last weekend’s steady rain. “The rains really cooled it down,” said John Bearer, public...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir reopens after forest closure lifted

Some public lands near the Burro Fire will remain closed, even as the San Juan National Forest reopened to the public at Thursday after rescinding the Stage 3 closure order that has been in place...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire teams plan to secure fire lines, mop up after rain

Crews battling the Burro Fire took got back to work on Monday after a weekend of “wetting rain” that calmed the flames. Fire behavior on the Burro and 416 fires was expected to be limited on...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain gives Burro Fire crews chance to build ‘solid lines’

As smoke lingered in the Dolores River Valley, about 130 people filed into the town Community Center Thursday to hear an update on the Burro Fire and recent closure of the San Juan National Forest....

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storms forecast over 416 Fire could be a mixed bag for firefighters

Rain is expected mainly after 5 p.m. Friday, and while that might be viewed as a good thing with the 416 Fire now listed at 32,076 acres, associated winds and even heavier rains Saturday could...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows to 3,400 acres; rainfall expected

More than 170 firefighters were battling the Burro Fire on Thursday south of Rico, which was in its seventh day and had burned 3,400 acres in and around the Bear Creek drainage. Because of the...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

When wildfires rage, where do animals go?

Two uncontrolled wildfires are ripping across the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado, forcing the evacuation of homes, shutting down the critical summer economy and putting firefighters...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Confused about restrictions public lands and open spaces? Here are the rules

Extreme drought conditions have forced government agencies to put in place restrictions to prevent wildfire threats. Fire restrictions are governed by a set of 10 criteria consisting of weather,...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews struggle to contain Burro Fire; CPW closes some areas

The Burro Fire in the Bear Creek drainage of the Dolores Valley continued to grow on Tuesday, but is not threatening any structure. Also on Tuesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced that some...

DATE: June 12, 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