Wildfire

San Juan National Forest lifts most closures near Burro Fire

A fire area closure around the Burro Fire has been lifted. The Burro Fire started on June 8 and burned 4,792 acres. It is 95 percent contained but is still smoking in some areas, including...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 hours 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bull Draw Fire northwest of Nucla grows to 26,370 acres

The Bull Draw Fire, burning in a remote area 12 miles northwest of Nucla, grew to 26,370 acres as of Wednesday morning, the Type 2 Blue Team said. Containment remained at 19 percent, compared with...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 15 hours 55 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Plateau Fire reaches 95 percent containment; command returning to local team

The Plateau Fire north of Dolores has grown about 1,000 acres since Sunday as firefighters focused on closing an uncontrolled line in the fire’s northwest corner. According to a map provided by...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air quality advisory issued for much of western Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has issued an air quality advisory for a large part of western Colorado, including Montezuma, Dolores and La Plata counties. Widespread smoke from...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans for prescribed burns put on hold in fire-fatigued Southwest Colorado

Plans for prescribed burns – intentionally set fires on the landscape aimed at reducing the risk of larger, more devastating wildfires – have been temporarily put on hold this fall as wildfires...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Full containment of Plateau Fire expected later this month

The Plateau Fire burning 6 miles north of Dolores grew to 16,390 acres over the weekend but is now 93 percent contained, fire officials said Sunday during a community meeting. A gap in containment...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mesa Verde fire blamed on lightning strike

Eight firefighters worked Sunday to contain a small fire in Mesa Verde National Park, the Durango Interagency Dispatch Center said. Dubbed the Mancos Canyon Fire, the fire was burning on less than...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood insurance option open to those affected by 416 Fire

Homeowners who are at risk for flooding, mud flows and debris flows in and around the 416 Fire burn scar might be exempted from the 30-day waiting period most flood insurance requires before it...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Plateau Fire hits 14,413 acres; containment rises to 45 percent

By Saturday afternoon, Plateau Fire north of Dolores had grown to 14,403 acres, up from 13,084 acres on Friday. Containment was raised to 45 percent, up from 30 percent. The acreage estimate was...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bull Draw Fire north of Nucla grows 10,000 acres in two days

The Bull Draw Fire, burning in a remote area 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has grown to 18,765 acres – up 4,723 acres in 24 hours – Type 2 Blue Team said on Saturday. Since Thursday, the fire has...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County Fairgrounds ‘a petting zoo’ of Plateau Fire evacuees

The fair is over, but animals are returning to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds as evacuees of the threatening Plateau Fire north of Dolores. About 45 alpacas, 25 goats, some chickens and a flock...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bull Draw Fire north of Nucla grows by 5,000 acres

The Bull Draw Fire, burning in a remote area 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has grown to 14,042 acres – more than 5,000 acres in 24 hours. Containment remained at an estimated 35 percent. The...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News