Wildfire

Burro Fire holding steady; hot, dry weather is coming

The Burro Fire had minimal growth overnight and continued to burn calmly on Thursday, four days after this weekend’s steady rain. “The rains really cooled it down,” said John Bearer, public...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory to reopen for summer activities July 2

Purgatory Resort will reopen for summer activities July 2 and lodging accommodations will reopen June 29. The resort was forced to temporarily suspend its operations during the 416 Fire. “While...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County will remain in Stage 3 restrictions

La Plata County will not downgrade its fire restrictions because, commissioners said Thursday, weather conditions and fire danger have not changed to justify the move. Commissioners unanimously...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Years of fire mitigation pays off in Falls Creek Ranch

For Paulette Church, the ominous approach of the 416 Fire toward her home just north of Durango was, in many ways, the moment she has been preparing for. For years, Church and her neighbors in the...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire will be under new management Friday

The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 1 Team will hit its 14-day limit for working a fire at the end of the day Thursday, and management of the 416 Fire will shift to a National Incident...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 19 hours 32 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

HERMOSA – After two weeks of thick smoke from the 416 Fire, blue skies returned this week to northern La Plata County, disguising almost all evidence of the 34,000-acre fire that smolders below....

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled mornings may return to Durango

Thanks to Tropical Storm Bud, Durango has received a welcome reprieve from the thick smoke that settled in town most mornings since the 416 Fire broke out, but that could change later this week....

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire command begins to transition to Type 3 team

Many of the support personnel in the fight against the Burro Fire left Tuesday after a calm Monday with very little fire growth. Containment of the fire jumped to 53 percent. Infrared flight...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuation orders lifted for all remaining residents

The last of the evacuation orders issued because of the 416 Fire were lifted Tuesday. Residents in the Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions can return home starting at 11 a.m., according...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters gain ground on 416 Fire

The 416 Fire stalled for a third day Monday, showing no measurable growth and minimal amounts of smoke as the 34,161-acre blaze smoldered within its own boundaries. The subdued nature of the fire...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

SILVERTON – The collateral damage inflicted by the 416 Fire hit more than homeowners and businesses within a few miles of the blaze; it also hit owners of shops and restaurants dozens of miles...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ash runoff from 416 Fire turns Animas River black

The Animas River in Durango ran black Monday as a result of rain over the weekend washing down ash from the 416 Fire burn area. Since June 1, the 416 Fire has burned more than 34,000 acres, mostly...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News