Two fires burn 3 acres each in Upper Pine district, chief says

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District responded Saturday to two fires that drained resources in the small agency in eastern La Plata County. Both fires were contained by 4 p.m., said Bruce...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. – With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cabin fire northeast of Durango under investigation

The cause of a fire that destroyed two cabins and several acres of wildland earlier this week northeast of Durango remained under investigation as of Friday afternoon, according to the Upper Pine...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two cabins destroyed by fire northeast of Durango

Two cabins were destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon near the Aspen Trails subdivision northeast of Durango, a fire that spread into the surrounding wildlands. The fire was reported shortly before...

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

Brush fire south of Cortez slows traffic on U.S. 160/491

A brush fire Friday along U.S. Highway 160/491 south of Cortez threatened several homes, but no structures were lost, fire officials said. The cause of the fire was unknown late Friday, but...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite freezing temps, wildfire danger is high in Southwest Colorado

Conditions are “ripe” for wildfire in Southwest Colorado, and careless or unconscious behavior could spark “pretty quick fire movement,” said Butch Knowlton, La Plata County director of emergency...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire starts in HD Mountains, southeast of Bayfield

Air tankers, helicopters and ground crews responded Tuesday to a wildfire in the southern HD Mountains, southeast of Bayfield. The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center posted to social media...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Coal seam fire burns north of Dolores

A coal seam fire has been discovered burning underground 15 miles northeast of Dolores in the San Juan National Forest. Forest Service personnel discovered the fire Oct. 9. It is burning along a...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Planned burn turned wildfire causes evacuations in Colorado

FORT COLLINS – Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire that began as a controlled burn and is now threatening about 50 homes in northern Colorado. Residents were ordered to evacuate near the...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Groundbreaking forest health program may come to Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado could be the focal point of a pilot project that seeks to make strides in improving forest health in the face of increasing dangers from wildfire, disease and beetle kill....

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cow Creek Fire roars to life east of Ridgway

Firefighters responded to a highly visible wildfire Wednesday east of Ridgway. The fire, called the Cow Creek Fire, grew to at least 100 acres in size as of Wednesday afternoon, according to...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sheriff appointed to state fire board

The La Plata County Sheriff this week joined two dozen private and public officials tasked by state legislators to revamp how Colorado promotes, funds and structures how it keeps people safe from...

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

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