Wildfire

Cortez Fire Protection District approves purchase of bunker gear

The Cortez Fire Protection District Board has unanimously approved the purchase of fire shelters. The purchase had been discussed at the March board meeting. During a public comment period at the...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado could be in for worst fire season since ’12, ’13

CENTENNIAL – Forecasts indicate Colorado could be in for its worst wildfire year since the historic fire seasons of 2012 and 2013, leading Gov. John Hickenlooper and fire officials to warn...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

LPEA adopts safety measures to help prevent wildfire

Blustery winds and abnormally dry conditions throughout the region have prompted La Plata Electric Association to implement enhanced safety measures to help mitigate fire danger. “This is two...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unsettled weather heading to Southwest Colorado

Over the next several days, Durango is expected to see a red flag warning, wind gusts up to 60 mph, highs near 60 degrees, lows close to 20 degrees and another near-miss storm that’ll snub the...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red flag warning issued for Montezuma, La Plata counties

A red flag warning is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday for Montezuma and La Plata counties, where weather conditions are ideal for wildland fires, the National Weather Service said Tuesday....

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brush fire forces family’s evacuation near Towaoc

A family that lives north of the Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc was ordered to evacuate Saturday afternoon after a brush fire quickly spread near U.S. Highway 160 and County Road A. The Cortez Fire...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prescribed burns planned near Pagosa Springs

A prescribed burn of about 400 acres is planned for the Turkey Springs and Brockover Mesa areas northwest of Pagosa Springs as early as Monday. Actual dates of the burns will depend on weather and...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red flag warning issued for La Plata County, Southwest Colorado

The National Weather Service issued its first red flag warning of the season on Monday for La Plata County and Southwest Colorado, and later in the afternoon extended it until 9 p.m. Fire danger...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

FireWise plans fundraiser after dry winter, budget cut

FireWise of Southwest Colorado has announced a fundraising effort to fill a gap in its budget after losing county funding. The loss in funding comes amid a dry season in which the snowpack in...

DATE: April 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers net $2 million for wildfire preparedness

DENVER – Two state representatives from regions of Colorado where wildfires have taken a heavy toll secured an amendment in the state budget approved by the House this week to help communities...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM plans prescribed burns on Dolores Rim

The Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct several prescribed burns east of Dove Creek beginning at the end of March. The prescribed burns will take place along the rim of the Dolores River...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congress seeks wildfire prevention bill ahead of new burning season

WASHINGTON – Congress considered legislation Tuesday that seeks to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2017 wildfire season that ravaged Colorado, California and other western states. A bill discussed...

DATE: March 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World