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416 Fire grows by 600 acres, expected to increase Monday

The 416 Fire appears to be ramping back up, growing by nearly 600 acres in 24 hours, according to an estimate released Monday. Rain tempered some aspects of the fire June 16 and 17 – causing a...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Silverton cancels famed Fourth of July fireworks show

Silverton has canceled its famed Fourth of July fireworks show because of the extreme fire danger that persists in Southwest Colorado. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad announced the fireworks...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public suggests EPA has quantifiable goals for reducing mine pollution

SILVERTON – Several people at a public hearing this week asked why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed quick-action plan for 26 mines fails to address the top mine polluters in the...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke-filled mornings may return to Durango

Thanks to Tropical Storm Bud, Durango has received a welcome reprieve from the thick smoke that settled in town most mornings since the 416 Fire broke out, but that could change later this week....

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuation orders lifted for all remaining residents

The last of the evacuation orders issued because of the 416 Fire were lifted Tuesday. Residents in the Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions can return home starting at 11 a.m., according...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teens sought after ATV is taken from fairgrounds

Durango Police are searching for two teenagers who allegedly stole an ATV owned by Durango Youth Baseball that was stored at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Durango Police said via Facebook that...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ash runoff from 416 Fire turns Animas River black

The Animas River in Durango ran black Monday as a result of rain over the weekend washing down ash from the 416 Fire burn area. Since June 1, the 416 Fire has burned more than 32,000 acres of land,...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire smolders and creeps; crews focus on Falls Creek area

The front line of battle on the 416 Fire will move to the fire’s southern edge Monday, where more than 200 firefighters will work to protect homes in the Falls Creek and Junction Creek areas. Rain...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | 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 | 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

Durango train faces tough questions going forward

Not since the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 has the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad been out of service for so long over the summer months. The raging wildfire 16 years ago – which...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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