Update: Yellow Jacket Fire reaches 395 acres; fire in monument at 155 acres

A fire in Yellow Jacket Canyon southwest of Lewis on Monday reached 395 acres. The blaze, dubbed the Yellow Jacket Fire, was burning on private land and partially on Canyons of the Ancients...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sand Creek Fire tested by Saturday storms

The Sand Creek Fire, burning 20 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, didn’t grow measurably on Saturday despite afternoon winds that moved in with a storm. The fire was listed at 71 acres on Sunday...

DATE: June 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Mesa Verde fire grows to 46 acres

A wildfire on the southeast side of Mesa Verde National Park grew to 46 acres by Sunday morning. According to Larry Helmerick, a fire information officer at the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire north of Durango now 95% contained

Firefighters were able to quickly contain nearly all of a small fire that broke out Thursday north of Durango. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Esther Godson said Friday that the 505 Fire was kept...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aggressive attack underway for new fire north of Durango

An aggressive attack is underway on a new fire start north of Durango. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Esther Godson said a ¼-acre fire was spotted east of Shalona Lake, about 16 miles north of...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation adapts to fight wildfires during pandemic

FARMINGTON Despite concerns about the coronavirus, Navajo Regional Fire Management said it is prepared to handle what’s expected to be an above-average fire season. The northern portion of the...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

East Canyon Fire is 98% contained, authorities say

Firefighters are close to containing the lightning-caused East Canyon Fire that started last week southeast of Mancos. As of Tuesday evening, the fire was 98% contained, up from 78% Monday. The...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Progress made on 4 blazes burning in Southwest Colorado

Even with a red flag warning in place Monday, firefighters made progress in containing four fires burning across Southwest Colorado. The red flag warning was to expire at 8 p.m. Monday. However,...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Short-haul operations a specialty of Mesa Verde Helitack

If you are badly injured in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the rescue may include dangling from a fixed line attached to the Mesa Verde Helitack helicopter. Short-haul operations are a...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

East Canyon Fire more than 79% contained

Lighter winds and quieter fire behavior during the weekend allowed firefighters to increase containment of the East Canyon Fire to 79% by Sunday evening with the fire growing only 5 acres in 24...

DATE: June 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire agencies increase response to small fire north of Pagosa

While fire crews work to contain three wildfires in Southwest Colorado, one small fire, north of Pagosa Springs, has grown more complex. The Sand Creek Fire, in a remote area on the Pagosa Ranger...

DATE: June 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire crews reach 75% containment on Six Shooter Fire south of Durango

Firefighters were able to reach 75% containment on the Six Shooter Fire burning near Bondad, with the blaze reportedly at 224 acres. The Six Shooter Fire flared up Tuesday after a lightning strike...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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