Wildfire

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 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | 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

Six months later, no cause released for 416 Fire

Six months later, and no official cause of the 416 Fire has been announced. Saturday will officially mark six months since June 1, the start of the 416 Fire, which burned 54,000 acres north of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores residents, businesses get wildfire analysis

How safe is your home or business from being damaged or destroyed by a nearby wildfire? The issue became pertinent this year for Dolores locals when the Plateau Fire came within 6 miles of town. To...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Short-lived economic hit from wildfires

A Fort Lewis College professor has some hopeful news to those worried about the economic impact of wildfires: At least in Southwest Colorado, past fires have had limited and short-lived impacts. In...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heat, drought drove 2018 fires in northwestern Colorado

CRAIG – Northwestern Colorado has had one of its worst fire seasons in recent years, driven by extreme heat and drought. Colt Mortenson with the Bureau of Land Management tells the Craig Daily...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

416 Fire did not burn at as high intensity as thought

A new study of the 416 Fire burn scar found the fire, which ripped through the San Juan National Forest this summer, did not burn at such a high severity as previously thought. In July, the U.S....

DATE: Nov. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gardner, Bennet seek more funding for wildfire suppression

Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner requested more funding to modernize firefighting technology for the U.S. Forest Service in letters sent to Senate committees Nov. 2, citing the devastating...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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