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Southern Ute Agency plans prescribed burn

Richard Gustafson Special to The SUN Southern Ute Agency Fire Management plans to begin a prescribed burn next week in the Garcia Canyon/Round Meadow (BIA Road 152) area west of…

HD mountains prescribed burn to be conducted

By Ann Bond Special to The SUN The Columbine Ranger District plans to begin blacklining the perimeter of the Pargin prescribed burn this week in the HD Mountains south of…

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…