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Fire restrictions to be lifted Saturday morning

According to Thad McKain, Archuleta County’s director of emergency management, all fire restrictions in Archuleta County will be lifted by proclamation as of 7 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Follow these…

Fire restrictions remain in place in part of county

Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in place for all areas south of U.S. 160 and west of U.S. 84. The ban, which was put into place June 29, prohibits…

Smoke moves in from area fires

According to Thad McKain, Archuleta County’s director of emergency management, the smoke moving into the area is from two fires in LaPlata County and an oil field fire in San…

Wildfire activity highlights need for mitigation to protect homes

By Ryan Lockwood Special to The SUN With large fires causing evacuations and structure losses over the past few weeks in northwest Colorado and around the West, the Colorado State…

Emergency management, Forest Service battle fires

The U.S. Forest Service and Archuleta County’s emergency operations team battled a few fires throughout the last week. The full version of this story is available in the print edition…

Grants available to help communities reduce wildfire risk

By Todd Hartman Special to The SUN The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a fifth round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This…

USFS prepositioning firefighting resources in advance of fire weather watch

By Ann Bond The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, June 21, for all of Archuleta County, northeast LaPlata County,…

Winter Hills Fire fully contained

The U.S. Forest Service suppressed a four-acre wildfire southeast of Pagosa Springs last week. The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the…

Winter Hills Fire southeast of Pagosa Springs 75 percent contained

Ground crews report 75 percent containment today of the Winter Hills Fire at 4.1 acres. The small wildfire was reported yesterday morning as the result of a lightning strike about…

Crews work to suppress four-acre fire

San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District firefighters are working to suppress the four-acre Winter Hills Fire, located about 7 miles southeast of Pagosa Springs on National Forest System lands.…

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