Position: Herald Staff Writer

'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 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: 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 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Fire managers report minimal activity today on 416 Fire, but keep watchful eye on weekend weather

4:30 p.m. Fire conditions are mostly calm and containment lines are holding on the 416 Fire, Incident Commander Todd Pechota said Friday at an afternoon news conference. Notably, firefighters have...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Officials expect full containment of 416 Fire near end of July

Fire officials battling the 416 Fire north of Durango have issued a containment date, or a date they believe a line will be built all the way around the fire, for July 31. Though the fire is...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

State and federal elected officials to visit Durango on Friday

11:55 a.m. Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Rep. Scott Tipton will visit the Durango area on Friday to meet with fire officials coordinating firefighting efforts...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

416 Fire nearly doubles in size; 675 more residences ordered to evacuate

The latest on the 416 Fire: 5 p.m. La Plata County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to consider enacting Stage 3 fire restrictions. Stage 3 restrictions would result in a closure of the...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Firefighters expect 'severe' conditions Saturday

The 416 Fire showed early signs of activity Saturday morning, putting up a column of black smoke on the southeast flank of the fire, near the Hermosa Cliffs. The fire has grown by 1,511 acres,...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Nearly 500 homes evacuated in Hermosa area; more pre-evacuations issued

The 416 Fire grew to 5,103 acres with most of the expansion occurring on the southwest side of the blaze near the Hermosa Creek Drainage, prompting the evacuation of nearly 500 homes early...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Type I command team to take over 416 Fire

2:43 p.m. A Type I federal firefighting team is mobilizing Wednesday to take command of the 416 Fire, said Steven Hall, a spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center. The Type I team...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Despite favorable conditions, crews struggle to build containment lines along 416 Fire

Steep and rugged terrain made building containment lines difficult for crews fighting the 416 Fire 10 miles north of Durango on Sunday. And though rain was a welcome sight for everyone, it had no...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

416 Fire is about 2,000 acres in size, 10 percent contained

The latest on the 416 Fire: 6:35 p.m. The fire was 1,974 acres in size and 10 percent contained, according to a news release issued by La Plata County government. "Wind and weather conditions on...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Wildfire breaks out north of Durango

Firefighters are responding to a rapidly growing wildfire in the Mitchell Lakes area north of Hermosa. The fire was reported about 9:50 a.m. Friday. It started in the Iron King area and moved west...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: News