United States Forest Service

Silverton enters uncharted territory with no D&SNG trains this summer

SILVERTON – Over the years, Silverton has weathered many a storm – fires, avalanches, the collapse of mining – but never before has the small mountain town been without the Durango & Silverton...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lifts all fire restrictions

La Plata County lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions on Tuesday. With recent rains, local fire chiefs believe fires can be safely managed, said Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal Doughty....

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal seam fire near Dolores extinguished; second one discovered

A coal seam fire discovered in October north of Dolores has been extinguished, but another one along a steep ledge was discovered a few miles west, according to the San Juan National Forest. The...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging picks up on Middle Mountain near Vallecito

A logging project in full swing north of Vallecito is expected to harvest an estimated 38,000 trees, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Matt Tuten, silviculturist for the Forest Service’s...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge denies request by Durango train to resume fire mitigation, bridge repair

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s plea to a federal judge for permission to resume a fire mitigation project along its tracks, as well as a separate project to repair a damaged...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is lightning playing a bigger role in Southwest Colorado wildfires?

Across Southwest Colorado, lightning strikes have sparked several fires this year, a worrying trend as drought conditions take a hold on the region and passing storms drop only superficial amounts...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire north of Durango now 95% contained

Firefighters were able to quickly contain nearly all of a small fire that broke out Thursday north of Durango. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Esther Godson said Friday that the 505 Fire was kept...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aggressive attack underway for new fire north of Durango

An aggressive attack is underway on a new fire start north of Durango. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Esther Godson said a ¼-acre fire was spotted east of Shalona Lake, about 16 miles north of...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Progress made on 4 blazes burning in Southwest Colorado

Even with a red flag warning in place Monday, firefighters made progress in containing four fires burning across Southwest Colorado. The red flag warning was to expire at 8 p.m. Monday. However,...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | 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

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