‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

DOLORES – Various birds zip and dive around the Benchmark Lookout fire tower as Rick Freimuth scans the horizon with binoculars for any sign of wildfire smoke. His panoramic view encompasses the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire turned out to be a healthy burn for the forest, new studies find

As more research is done within the 416 Fire burn scar, it’s becoming increasingly clear the blaze that burned in summer 2018 was a healthy fire for the landscape, which is already showing strong...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bear rescued in East Canyon Fire released back into the wild

A bear injured in the East Canyon Fire earlier this summer west of Durango was released Monday after a successful rehabilitation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife received a call from fire personnel...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis taps Colorado National Guard to help with wildfires

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis activated the Colorado National Guard on Friday to help with several wildfires burning across the state. The governor’s office said a Black Hawk helicopter crew is on...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Wildfire smoke from across the West flowing into Southwest Colorado

Wildfire smoke has settled across Southwest Colorado, exacerbating record-high temperatures with an oppressive heat. The Pine Gulch Fire in Grand Junction, now the second-largest fire in state...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters battle small lightning-caused fire near Rockwood, north of Durango

Firefighters on Monday responded to a small lightning-caused wildfire burning near Rockwood, about 18 miles north of Durango. The Quarry Fire, burning on U.S. Forest Service lands, was started...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lifts all fire restrictions

La Plata County lifted Stage 1 fire restrictions on Tuesday. With recent rains, local fire chiefs believe fires can be safely managed, said Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal Doughty....

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Helicopter, firefighters battle small fire in Animas Valley

A firefighting crew and a helicopter were battling a small, lightning-caused wildfire Monday afternoon on the east side of the Animas Valley north of Durango. The Stevens Creek Fire was reported...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arkansas Loop Fire in Bondad at 12 acres

Crews have lines around the 12 acre Arkansas Loop Fire in southeast La Plata County, and today’s plan is to keep the blaze within fire lines, put out hot spots and mop up. The fire is burning in...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire grows to 9 acres south of Durango

A wildfire broke out Saturday afternoon on Southern Ute tribal land near Bondad south of Durango. The Arkansas Loop Fire, which started about 3 p.m., had burned around 9 acres as of Saturday...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burn restrictions remain in San Juan County, N.M.

FARMINGTON – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lift fire restrictions Tuesday morning in New Mexico, but the San Juan County and Farmington fire departments announced Monday they would not...

DATE: July 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Coal seam fire near Dolores extinguished; second one discovered

A coal seam fire discovered in October north of Dolores has been extinguished, but another one along a steep ledge was discovered a few miles west, according to the San Juan National Forest. The...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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