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Evacuations lifted in Hermosa area; residents, businesses can return

12:25 p.m. Evacuated residents and businesses in the Hermosa area can return to their homes and businesses. This includes county roads 201, 202 and County Road 203 north from Cometti/Mead Lane...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 hours 9 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Big rain allows Burro Fire teams to prepare for new week

Crews battling the Burro Fire took a break from their usual firefighting work on Sunday after a storm dumped an inch of rain in the Bear Creek area. “They are doing what firefighters do, sharpening...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 hours 52 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Bulldozers finish Burro Fire lines; crews prepare for next steps

Crews battling the Burro Fire on Saturday received help from a light rain, and finished bulldozing about 4 miles of containment lines in the key northwestern and southwestern sectors of the fire....

DATE: June 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 8 hours 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council discusses update to water conservation plan

In a workshop on Tuesday, the Cortez City Council discussed plans to improve the town’s water efficiency during drought. Public Works Director Phil Johnson and Water Plant Supervisor Rich Landreth...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s the perfect kind of rain’

The 416 Fire hasn’t exhaled its last column of smoke yet, but steady rainfall Saturday did help tame the 16-day-old wildfire and allow firefighters to increase containment lines around the...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thanks, Bud. Tropical storm brings steady rainfall to 416 Fire

Rain will limit the spread of the 416 Fire, but fire officials said they doubt the moisture will much impact on dousing the blaze. “There’s no dramatic impact to it today,” said spokeswoman Jamie...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Photos: Riding into battle

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain gives Burro Fire crews chance to build ‘solid lines’

As smoke lingered in the Dolores River Valley, about 130 people filed into the town Community Center Thursday to hear an update on the Burro Fire and recent closure of the San Juan National Forest....

DATE: June 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

HERMOSA – Rainstorms forecast for this weekend could help quench the 416 Fire, but county officials warn it could also trigger flash floods and debris flows below the 33,000-acre burn area. The...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Initiatives created for relief from 416, Burro fires

In response to evacuations, economic stress and anxiety about what’s in store for residents affected by the 416 and Burro fires, several community initiatives have been created. Here is how you can...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Hickenlooper pledges help to Durango and Silverton in wake of 416 Fire

Local government and business officials pleaded with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado congressmen Friday to do everything they can to help secure emergency funds to help ailing businesses and...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite rumors, no reports of looting in evacuated areas of 416 Fire

La Plata County officials are dispelling rumors of looting in the evacuated areas affected by the 416 Fire. “The rumors are unsubstantiated,” county spokeswoman Megan Graham said Friday evening....

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News