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Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON – The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country – a new record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Erratic winds spread small lightning-caused fire in Colorado

The Associated Press MAYBELL – A lightning-caused wildfire in northwestern Colorado is threatening some structures as erratic winds push the flames in multiple directions. Fire managers said Monday...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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The U.S. West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?

DENVER – Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Crews monitoring small fire on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters remain on scene to monitor a small, lightning-caused fire burning in a remote area that has received recent rain about three miles southwest of Henderson Lake on Missionary Ridge. “The...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Crews using burnout operations on Draw Fire

Fire crews used indirect burnout operations late Thursday to contain east portions of the Draw Fire along existing Forest Service roads near Dolores. The operations increased the fire’s size to 120...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Quarter-acre fire burning on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters were monitoring a quarter-acre fire Thursday about three miles southwest of Henderson Lake in the Bear Creek drainage on Missionary Ridge. Smoke from the small, lightning-caused...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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UPDATE: Boggy Draw fire outside Dolores grows

A low-intensity wildfire discovered Tuesday in the Boggy Draw area has grown to 40 acres, and a containment plan has been implemented, according to San Juan National Forest officials. The Draw Fire...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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National park icons threatened by wind-frenzied wildfires

HELENA, Mont. – Winds wreaked havoc on wildfires that were threatening two crown jewels of the National Park Service on Monday, pushing the flames toward manmade and natural icons in and around...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Lightning triggers wildfire east of Dove Creek

A lightning-caused wildfire is burning east of Dove Creek and has grown to 60 acres since it was discovered on Saturday, fire officials report. The Secret Canyon Fire is burning on Bureau of Land...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Burn-out operations conclude in HD Mountains near Bayfield

After several days of preparation, firefighters Tuesday night successfully conducted burn-out operations and monitored the 842 Fire in the HD Mountains near Chimney Rock National Monument. Crews...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Smoke from 842 Fire to settle in nearby valleys

As of Monday evening, the 842 Fire in the HD Mountains near Chimney Rock National Monument expanded to a total of 743 acres, and fire crews expect to burn-out an additional 300 acres in days ahead....

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Firefighters burn 111 acres in HD Mountains

Although thunderstorms moved through the area on Saturday, the 842 Fire received almost no precipitation and dry weather conditions allowed fire crews to burn 111 acres in the HD Mountains near...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News