La Plata County revisits fire restriction policies in wake of 416 Fire

La Plata County is refining the way it implements fire restrictions after the 416 Fire last year brought a big learning moment to the community. Last year, extreme drought plagued Southwest...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke rises from prescribed burns northeast of Cortez

Smoke has been visible northeast of Cortez from a prescribed burn in the Haycamp Mesa area of the San Juan National Forest northeast of Cortez. Fire crews with the Dolores Ranger District are...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boy Scout ranch focuses on wildfire recovery

ALBUQUERQUE – Tucked away in the foothills of the southern Rockies, the Philmont Scout Ranch has become a holy grail, its stretches of untamed wilderness and challenging backcountry treks drawing...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Grass fire contained near Highway 172

A grass fire burned 25 to 30 acres Saturday afternoon near Highway 172 and County Road 222 in the Florida River Valley. Despite strong winds, the fire was fully contained before 5 p.m., although...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prescribed fire scheduled at Chimney Rock National Monument

Fire officials on the Pagosa Ranger District in the San Juan National Forest will conduct prescribed fire operations in Chimney Rock National Monument as early as Monday. Less than 100 acres across...

DATE: April 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association: Trees near power lines pose wildfire risk

Trees near power lines in La Plata and Archuleta counties could be trimmed back more aggressively or cut down entirely this year and in years to come to help prevent wildfires. The La Plata...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public-private partnership promotes rehab on Bull Draw Fire

The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mule Deer Foundation and a local rancher plan to rehabilitate 6,400 acres of public lands affected by the Bull...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Studies Institute receives grant for 416 Fire work

Mountain Studies Institute has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help restore public lands damaged by the 416 Fire and provide educational opportunities to the community recovering from wildfire. The...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Taxpayers pay half the costs when Durango-Silverton train starts fires

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-burning locomotives have a long history of starting wildfires on public lands, with about half the firefighting costs falling on the taxpayers....

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ska Brewing Co. joins effort to aid Camp Fire victims

Northern California’s Camp Fire, which started Nov. 8 and was not contained until Nov. 28, burned 153,336 acres, killed 85 people and displaced thousands. Among the communities affected was Chico,...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Dolores, Towaoc residents face heightened risk of wildfire

An updated wildfire risk map released by the Colorado State Forest Service shows the foothill towns of Dolores, Towaoc and Durango have a “higher” potential to be impacted by a wildfire. The...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Using a sandbox and computer program, firefighters predict disasters

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District doesn’t handle a lot of calls – fewer than 1,000 a year, said Chief Bruce Evans. And while there is no substitute for on-the-job experience, the fire...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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