United States Forest Service

Lost Canyon wildfire south of Dolores is contained

Fire crews on Friday mopped up a wildfire that broke out Thursday morning south of Dolores, said Dolores Fire Chief Mike Zion. The 2-acre Lost Canyon Fire torched trees and created spot fires in...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Year of renewal: Hermosa Creek watershed shows signs of recovery after 416 Fire

One year after the 416 Fire, Hermosa Creek is showing early signs of bouncing back. “The area is recovering pretty well,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. “There...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fall colors expected to peak in coming days

Autumn is here, but the fall colors that dress the San Juan Mountains in a golden hue have, for the most part, been late to the party. But that’s all expected to change in the coming days and...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging starts on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito

A logging operation for trees killed by the beetle outbreak has begun on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito, which is expected to continue for the next three years. Joshua Merril-Exton, a timber...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court records: D&SNG started nearly 50 fires leading up to 416 Fire

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ignited nearly 50 fires in the weeks leading up to the 416 Fire, new court records show. Late last week, a flurry of court filings occurred in a...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

D&SNG says 416 Fire lawsuit should be thrown out

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has filed a motion to dismiss a $25 million lawsuit accusing it of starting last summer’s 416 Fire, saying the U.S. government has no standing under...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

More people are collecting mushrooms – is that a problem?

Is overharvesting an issue as more people head into Southwest Colorado’s backcountry to collect an array of tasty mushrooms from the forest floor? The short answer, surprisingly, is no. “I feel...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Film crew near Haviland Lake finishes commercial early

The U.S. Forest Service said smoke would be visible from Haviland Lake on Tuesday as a film crew shoots a commercial in the area. Filming was expected to continue Wednesday, but the commercial was...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service’s Trimble Lane property sells for nearly $1.7 million

An undeveloped piece of property in the Animas Valley owned by the U.S. Forest Service sold for nearly $1.7 million this week – money that will be used to fund a new office in Bayfield. Bidding...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge damaged in 416 Fire to be removed

A bridge that was damaged in last year’s 416 Fire will be removed Tuesday by helicopter, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday. The South Fork Trail Bridge was damaged when the fire burned the...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters burn thousands of acres this year to reduce future wildfire risk

Fire is needed to thin out dense forests spanning hundreds of thousands of acres across Southwest Colorado, fire officials say, to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires that can take hold in...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Help has arrived for deteriorating Ice Lakes Trail

SILVERTON On any given day in the summer, more than 100 people set out on the Ice Lakes Trail in the San Juan Mountains, just outside the town of Silverton. The impact from these crowds, officials...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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