Wildfire

Children playing with lighter started wildfire in Durango West I subdivision

Two juveniles playing with a lighter started last week’s wildfire that burned 3 acres in the Durango West I subdivision, about eight miles west of Durango city limits, authorities said Thursday....

DATE: Jan. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017: A year about land use, health and play in Dolores

The Dolores area experienced successes and controversy in 2017. News ran the gamut, from land use, a troubled playground, bears and wildfires, to new health clinics, record winter snows and an epic...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dry weather raises fire danger in Southwest Colorado

San Juan National Forest fire officials warn people in Southwest Colorado that continued dry weather conditions have heightened the fire danger in the area. In late November, a man on private...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congress considers land for West Fork fire station

Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, along with Rep. Scott Tipton, introduced legislation Tuesday to convey about 4 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to Dolores County for the location of a new...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Target shooting caused 60-acre fire near Electra Lake

A Durango man target shooting with incendiary ammunition was found to have started a fire north of Durango that grew to 60 acres near Electra Lake, authorities said Monday. Scot Davis, spokesman...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S., states struggle to pay firefighting costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. The...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prescribed burn planned for Lone Mesa

In an effort to improve deer and elk habitat, and to reduce the buildup of fuels on the ground, Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to conduct a controlled burn on Lone Mesa State Park in the...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire north of McPhee Reservoir contained, Forest Service says

Nearly an inch of rain on Saturday helped contain the Hoppe Fire north of McPhee Reservoir in the Dry Creek Recreation Area, fire officials report. Forest Service Fire Engine Capt. Mike Bryson said...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prescribed burns planned for West Rim, Rabbit Mountain

The Bureau of Land Management Southwest Colorado Fire and Aviation Management Unit plans to conduct several prescribed burns within the Tres Rios Field Office’s territory as early as this week. The...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning

As the West contends with a big wildfire season, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urged his staff to take aggressive action to prevent wildfires. His memo calls on managers to “think differently”...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfires in Dove Creek, Dolores areas under control

The Secret Canyon Fire 9 miles east of Dove Creek is almost out, according to fire officials.Crews have been pulled off the fire, and it is on a periodic patrol status, said Patrick Seekins,...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

The U.S. West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?

DENVER – Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News