Ryan Simonovich

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will likely be forced to wait until next summer to use trails closed in the 416 Fire burn area. The threat of flooding, mudslides and debris flows could make any...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High country an enticing allure, but are people prepared?

An online search for Ice Lakes brings up thousands of pictures of alluring turquoise-blue alpine lakes. The hike northwest of Silverton in San Juan County is increasing in popularity because of...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Firefighters dousing 3-acre fire on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters expect full containment of a 3-acre wildfire burning in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire burn scar area north of Durango, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The lightning-caused fire...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

HERMOSA – The weather Monday morning was sunny and calm, with no monsoonal thunderstorms in the forecast. Looking east across the Animas Valley, observers would think that nothing ever happened....

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoon raises chance for rain in Southwest Colorado

The monsoon has arrived. Recent rains in the Four Corners have come from the Gulf of Mexico, so they are certainly monsoonal, said Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

As heavy rain caused flooding, rockslides and mudslides Tuesday night, Fran and John Reynolds felt a little more settled than they might otherwise have. The Reynolds live on U.S. Highway 550, about...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A bird’s-eye view of what floods may bring

A perfect storm could send debris hurtling down canyons and potentially damage property adjacent to the 416 Fire burn scar. To prepare for the worst-case scenario, La Plata County Office of...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Several lightning-caused fires start east of Durango

Several small lightning-caused fires started Friday afternoon near County Road 228, northeast of Elmore’s Corner in La Plata County. “Most of them are single trees,” said Durango Fire Protection...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Afternoon rains seem monsoonal, but are they?

Afternoon storms are expected through the remainder of this week in a weather pattern that resembles the monsoons, but it is not the monsoons, according to the National Weather Service. There is a...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rehab work begins around 416 Fire, with eye on the sky

Favorable weather conditions have helped slow the 416 Fire, allowing firefighters to shift their focus from fire suppression to repairing areas damaged during firefighting efforts. At the same...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Growth slows on 416 Fire; storms expected to help this weekend

Rapid expansion of the 416 Fire slowed over the Fourth of July holiday, growing only 869 acres on Wednesday, with decreased fire activity expected Thursday. The 54,128-acre fire was 45 percent...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

T-shirts a popular souvenir among firefighters

Alongside the parking lot at Animas Valley Elementary School, where the 416 Fire Incident Command Post is located, a merchant is selling T-shirts. At large wildfires, selling T-shirts to...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

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