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Vallecito Creek receives water rights protections

Water rights have been secured to protect fish and other aquatic life on a stretch of Vallecito Creek, northeast of Durango. The Division Seven Water Court last week issued a decree to the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service completes prescribed burns near Bayfield

The U.S. Forest Service and other agencies have completed prescribed burns for the season around Bayfield. “It will take a couple of days for the smoke and interior burning to finish, but no more...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging returns to the San Juan Mountains

Commercial logging is making a comeback in the San Juan Mountains. Stagnant over the past decade, Matt Janowiak, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine district, said timber sales...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Most fault road access to Village at Wolf Creek, others see economic potential

A majority of people who weighed in on the U.S. Forest Service granting the Village at Wolf Creek road access opposed the decision, citing many faults with the proposed resort atop Wolf Creek Pass....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Natural gas pipeline and wells proposed east of Bayfield

An 8-mile natural gas pipeline and a handful of wells are being proposed in the Fosset Gulch area, east of Bayfield. The project – the Northern Extension Pipeline and associated Fruitland Coal Gas...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters contain 3-acre blaze on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters have fully contained a 3-acre wildfire burning in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire burn scar area north of Durango, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters continued to...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest Service: Fire investigations take time, patience

For more than a month, investigators have been at work trying to solve the mystery on everyone’s mind: What started the 416 Fire north of Durango that has burned 54,000 acres and counting, forced...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Stage set for dangerous wildfire conditions months ago

Jeff Derry knew Southwest Colorado could be in for a dangerous fire season as early as last fall. Derry, executive director of the Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies in Silverton, tracks storms in...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thermal imaging guides 416 Fire decisions

Aerial infrared maps tell the striking story of how the intense flames of the 416 Fire consumed 7,180 acres in eight days. The precise images taken by U.S. Forest Service planes each night help to...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Irongate residents among first to attack 416 Fire

Al Chione loves to watch the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train chug past his house several times a day north of Durango. But as a former volunteer firefighter, he is also keenly aware of the...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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