Wildfire

Prescribed burns under way in San Juan National Forest

Aerial ignition operations were conducted Sunday on two prescribed burns in the San Juan National Forest. Linda Parker, public information officer on the burns with the U.S. Forest Service, said on...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

D&SNG says 416 Fire lawsuit should be thrown out

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has filed a motion to dismiss a $25 million lawsuit accusing it of starting last summer’s 416 Fire, saying the U.S. government has no standing under...

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

Columbine Ranger District starts prescribed burns east of Bayfield

The Columbine Ranger District started the first of two prescribed burns Thursday east of Bayfield, taking a careful approach in the area’s hot and dry conditions. The U.S. Forest Service district...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopter hitting small fire northeast of Durango

A helicopter has been working for the past several days to take water from Lemon Reservoir to douse a quarter-acre fire northeast of Durango. The 816 Fire was first reported Monday and was...

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

Fire danger increases in Southwest Colorado

The National Weather Service has issued a “fire weather watch” for Southwest Colorado as the combination of dry weather and increased chances of lightning enter the region this week. The fire...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Film crew near Haviland Lake finishes commercial early

The U.S. Forest Service said smoke would be visible from Haviland Lake on Tuesday as a film crew shoots a commercial in the area. Filming was expected to continue Wednesday, but the commercial was...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents douse fire in north Durango after D&SNG train passed by

Residents in north Durango on Monday were forced to put out a fire next to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks, just as the afternoon train rolled into town. Karola Hanks, fire...

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

Prescribed burns to begin at Boggy Draw

The Dolores Ranger District is planning to conduct several prescribed burns starting in mid-August. Burning operations will take place over multiple days when weather and fuel conditions are...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire outside Denver forces evacuation of homes

DENVER – Firefighters have gained 50% containment on a wildfire that forced the evacuation of more than 300 homes in a rural area southwest of Denver. The fire located in the Deer Creek Canyon Park...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango identifies key areas to make fire-resistant

Last year’s wildfire season was a wake-up call, said Hal Doughty, chief of the Durango Fire Protection District. The 416 Fire in La Plata County burned 54,000 acres of public lands. While the blaze...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

577 Fire southeast of Bayfield chewing through ground fuels

Management of a lightning-caused wildfire southeast of Bayfield was returned Tuesday to the Columbine Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The 577 Fire will be monitored by local...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightning-sparked 577 Fire at 35 acres

The lightning-sparked 577 Fire 10 miles southeast of Bayfield was listed at 35 acres Saturday evening, burning at low-intensity and is being managed to improve the health of the forest – clearing...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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