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Unauthorized drone usage over wildfires may become a felony

People caught flying an unauthorized drone over a wildfire may face federal felony charges after the U.S. Senate passed a bill that included legislation originally introduced in July by the...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 hours 43 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College professor developing app for firefighter safety

What if firefighters had an interactive map that could tell them the most efficient escape routes and the amount of time it would take to find safety while fighting wildfires? Well, a Fort Lewis...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Draft bill would provide incentives for fire mitigation

Homeowners living near open spaces could receive financial incentives for clearing brush, trees and other fire hazards from around their homes if draft legislation passes next year. The draft...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service declares 416 Fire ‘controlled,’ 127 days after start of blaze

The U.S. Forest Service declared the 416 Fire “controlled” at 3 p.m. Friday. Remnants of Hurricane Rosa helped douse lingering flames burning within the 416 Fire containment lines, according to a...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

FireWise changing name to Wildfire Adapted Partnership

As of Monday, FireWise of Southwest Colorado will change its name to Wildfire Adapted Partnership. The grass-roots organization, which started in 2003 after the Missionary Ridge Fire, received its...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan National Forest offers 416 Fire field trips

The San Juan National Forest will host three field trips within the 416 Fire closure area in October. Each field trip will accommodate up to 15 people, and early registration is suggested....

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad rolls again

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad pulled out of the station in Durango headed for Silverton on Friday, marking the first full trip since track damage caused by floods hamstrung the...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoon season in Southwest Colorado fails to deliver

It’s official: The monsoon has been declared a bust. “Oh yeah, it was bust,” said Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction . “Definitely not a good...

DATE: Sept. 22, 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

BLM to use less disruptive method for wild horse roundups

Bait trapping is the favored procedure if wild horses need to be removed from the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area, according to a decision released Friday by the Tres Rios Bureau of Land...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bull Draw Fire grows 400 acres; more robust team takes command

The Bull Draw Fire has grown about 400 acres in the past week and continues to produce smoke visible on the Western Slope. At 7 a.m. Sunday, fire management officers from the Grand Mesa,...

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

Firefighters contain wildland fire in western La Plata County

Firefighters were able to contain a small wildland fire in western La Plata County on Saturday, said Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District Chief John Lee. The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m....

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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