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Debate over wildfire funding heats up

Staff Writer Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives are working toward forcing a vote regarding the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 3992), before their scheduled recess…

Flash flood warning in place, moderate to heavy rain expected

Staff Writer Another round of rain is heading into the area, causing the National Weather Service to issue a short-term forecast, flash flood warning and hazardous weather outlook. According to…

Firefighters report progress on KV Fire between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs

As of this morning, Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch reports that the KV Fire has not grown and is still estimated at about 10 acres. The lightning-caused fire is burning about…

Air and ground crews continue to work KV Fire between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs

As of Thursday evening, the KV Fire was estimated at about 10 acres in size with no containment (although retardant has been dropped along the perimeter of the fire, no…

Fire over the mountain: Forest health group tours West Fork Fire burn area

Fire over the mountain: Forest health group tours West Fork Fire burn area

By Aaron Kimple Special to The SUN On June 20, members of the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership (San Juan Headwaters) participated in a tour of the West Fork…

Air and ground crews responding to wildfires north of U.S. 160

A helicopter and ground crews are working the KV Fire, located about 1.5 miles north of U.S. 160 up First Fork Road (Forest Service Road 622) on the San Juan National…

West Fork Complex fires: One year later

Staff Writer On July 10, 2013 — one year ago today — southwest Colorado, namely the communities surrounding Wolf Creek Pass, were still reeling from the West Fork Complex fires,…

Smokey skies from New Mexico fire, Red Flag Warning for Southwestern Colorado

Smokey skies from New Mexico fire, Red Flag Warning for Southwestern Colorado

The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that residents will likely see a smoky haze in southwestern Colorado for the next several days. Smoke is coming into the area from…

Are you prepared for the next big wildfire?

By Tate Drane, David McRee, Jerimiah Miller, Mathew Huck, and BaiLee Gallegos Special to The SUN During the summer of 2013, the Black Forest Fire, which burned nearly 500 homes…

Colorado Cares Day 2013: Honoring wildland fire fighters

By Jenna Gregory RSAPP/Americorps Special to The SUN Today, there are 11 active wildfires in the state of Colorado alone. We are all aware that the West Fork Complex Fire…