Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

358 Fire is 80 percent contained

Favorable winds early Saturday helped firefighters battling the 385 Fire make significant progress. As of 6:45 p.m., the fire was 80 percent contained, Incident Commander Richard Gustafson said in...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

358 Fire at 51 acres

Evacuation orders for five homes and pre-evacuation notices for two subdivisions were still in effect as of 9:30 Saturday morning because of the 358 Fire. A federal Type III firefighting team took...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Majority of southwest Colorado under fire watch on Thursday

A majority of southwest Colorado will be under a fire weather watch from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued the watch due to a low pressure storm that will bring dry...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

Forest Lakes Subdivision undergoes emergency fire evacuation drill

Residents of the Forest Lakes Subdivision in Bayfield underwent an unannounced fire evacuation early Saturday morning. The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, in conjunction with Forest...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: News

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