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Last evacuation orders lifted as rain halts growth of 416 Fire near Durango
For the second day in a row, the fire, which started June 1, did not increase in size after rain up to 1.5 inches in some places fell over the weekend.
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.
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Durango considers temporary evacuation shelter for homeless residents
The shelter would be located adjacent to the social services campus below Greenmount Cemetery. City officials estimate the shelter will serve 30 to 40 homeless campers displaced by Stage 3 fire restrictions, which La Plata County passed June 12 and prohibit encampments, such as the homeless camp, on
416 Fire grows to 32,000 acres as some residents return home
416 Fire near Durango grows to 27,420 acres, San Juan National Forest ClosedDurango residents believe 416 Fire was started by sparks from trainMAP: 416 Fire Info - Closures, Evacuations
More than 6,500 homes, businesses without power in eastern La Plata County
LPEA spokeswoman Indiana Reed said power provider Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s breaker locked open, cutting power to 6,537 customers in the Bayfield and Ignacio areas. She said crews are working to restore power.
BLM, San Juan National Forest lands to reopen Thursday
This allows campgrounds, roads, and trails to re-open, and operations to resume for those with permits and contracts for doing business on the public lands.
Durango School District increases budget by 10%
A new school resource officer will be funded by using $100,000 in savings created by switching liability insurance carriers. The money will fund salary, benefits and administrative costs.
Ash runoff from 416 Fire turns Animas River black
Since June 1, the 416 Fire has burned more than 32,000 acres of land, mostly on the San Juan National Forest. A tropical storm off the Pacific Coast brought the first moisture the area has seen since the fire broke out.
416 Fire smolders and creeps along; Falls Creek remains evacuated
Rain over the weekend, thanks to Tropical Storm Bud, caused the 416 Fire to have minimal to no growth, with much of the fire in a state of smoldering and creeping, said Type 1 team spokesman Cameron Beck.
Kiwanis Club of Durango to hear from eSchool principal
Mike Freeburn, principal of Southwest Colorado eSchool, will speak to the club.
Colorado 416 Fire Map Update: Durango Fire Spreads To 34,161 Acres As Rainfall Helps Containment
Colorado fire officials continue to battle the destructive 416 fire outside of Durango, Colorado. The wildfire has spread to more than 34,000 acres, with containment rising to 25 percent.
Weekend rains slow but don’t extinguish 416 fire north of Durango
Steady weekend rains in southwest Colorado kept the 416 fire from growing much, but the storm wasn’t enough to knock it out and officials worry a return spell of hot, dry weather this week will breathe new life in the 34,161-acre wildfire.
Rain helps crews fighting Colorado fires but more warm, dry weather on the way
The biggest fire in the state, the 416 Fire near Durango, was just over 34,000 acres and 30 percent contained as of Monday morning.
416 Fire Update: Durango, Colorado, Wildfire Reaches More Than 34,000 Acres
The 416 Fire burning near Durango, Colorado, reached 34,161 acres by the evening of June 17, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in an update. More than 1,000 fire personnel were deployed to combat the fire, which was 30 percent contained.
ATV stolen from Durango Youth Baseball
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 that the ATV - a 2005 camouflage Suzuki - was stolen around 2:30 p.m. June 6.Durango Youth Baseball uses the vehicle f
Wet weather slows 416 blaze, flash flood watch continues
FARMINGTON — Emergency personnel are planning responses for the possible flash flooding this weekend’s welcome rains may bring as crews continue to battle the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, and the nearby Burro Fire.
Homeless residents left with few options during public land closures
An emergency shelter for evacuees of the 416 Fire closed Monday, and while most people have been able to return to their homes, those living homeless in Durango have few options for places to stay.
License plates at forefront of controversy
I’ve been wondering why many Colorado vehicles don’t have front license plates? Doesn’t the law say Colorado drivers need both? Maybe these people want to be pulled over for roadside dancing lessons at DUI checkpoints. Maybe they want to be New Mexicans. – Bill Koons
Colorado 416 Fire map update: Durango fire spreads to 27,420 acres as lightning threatens containment efforts
Colorado officials announced 165 new pre-evacuations as firefighters continue to fight the 416 Fire outside of Durango, Colorado. The wildfire has spread to over 27,000 acres, with containment at only 15 percent.The 416 Fire initially started on June 1 about 10 miles north of Durango,AccuWeatherrepo