United States Forest Service

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

441 Fire on Missionary Ridge grows by 25 acres

The 441 Fire burning on Missionary Ridge grew by 25 acres from Friday to Saturday, a low-intensity and naturally-caused wildfire lingering and smoldering in logs and dead debris north of Durango,...

DATE: July 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burnouts on 441 Fire a success, Forest Service says

Firefighters were successful with burnout operations on the 441 Fire north of Durango on Missionary Ridge, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday. Favorable weather conditions allowed burnouts along...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire on Missionary Ridge allowed to burn for fire management purposes

A lightning-caused fire on Missionary Ridge will be allowed to burn to remove fuels that could feed future severe wildfires, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The 441 Fire was discovered July...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire dispatchers choreograph emergency response on federal lands

While smoke from wildfire isn’t dominating the skies in Southwest Colorado this summer, lightning has sparked blazes on Missionary Ridge and near Dolores. Fighting those fires can require...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next for D&SNG in $25 million federal lawsuit?

It took more than a year for the U.S. Forest Service to announce the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was the cause of the 416 Fire and on the hook for $25 million for firefighting costs,...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire east of Bayfield burns itself out

A lightning-caused wildfire that started on a steep hillside 5 miles east of Bayfield this weekend burned itself out Monday. The 256 Fire ran out of fuel after burning about one-tenth of an acre...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service puts vacant land in Animas Valley out for bid

Let the bidding begin on an estimated 20 acres of prime undeveloped U.S. Forest Service land in the Animas Valley. A few years ago, the Forest Service announced its intent to sell the mostly...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest roads closed in Dolores for Doe Canyon Fire

The U.S. National Forest Service has barred anyone but firefighters from accessing dozens of miles of roads and trails in Dolores County near a 10-acre forest fire burning in Doe Canyon, according...

DATE: June 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Services axes decision to use chain saws in wilderness, for now

The U.S. Forest Service rescinded its decision to allow chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas, at least temporarily, because of heavy snowpack that will keep trail crews out of...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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