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Southern Ute Reservation will elevate fire restrictions to Stage II

By Rich Gustafson Special to The SUN Due to continued high temperatures, extremely dry fuel conditions and the occurrence of recent wildland fires, Stage II fire restrictions are scheduled to…

West Zone Update June 27, 8 p.m. – Expect Heavy Smoke Overnight

Community Meeting in Pagosa Springs, Saturday June 29, 2013 1 p.m. at the Community Center A change in wind direction and an inversion has brought heavy smoke into the Pagosa…

Archuleta County experiencing heavy smoke

According to fire officials, Archuleta County residents are experiencing heavy smoke due to a shift in winds along with an inversion. Winds are now coming from the Northwest.  The smoke…

Health reminder: be aware of smoke

Liane Jollon, interim executive director of the San Juan Basin Health Department, has issued a health reminder due to the smoke from numerous wildfires affecting the air quality in southwest…

West Fork Complex chronology

Following is a chronology noting important dates in the growth of the West Fork Complex fires. Acreages listed below are for the morning of the given day. Wednesday, June 5 …

Help firefighters by protecting your home

By Bill Trimarco Special to The SUN What can you do to help our firefighters? As the West Fork Complex Fire continues to grow and there still is no rain…

LPEA implements measures to help prevent fires

By Indiana Reed Special to The SUN With continuing dry conditions, high temperatures and blustery winds predicted for the region, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) operations personnel have implemented a…

FEMA authorizes assistance for West Fork Complex Fire

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has welcomed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) announcement that it had authorized the use of federal resources to help with firefighting costs for the…

Wolf Creek Pass to open Saturday

Wolf Creek Pass to open Saturday

U.S. 160 over Wolf Creek Pass is set to open Saturday, according to Archuleta County Commissioner Clifford Lucero. Lucero said the decision was made at a meeting held on the…

Red Flag Warning issued for today, dry thunderstorms possible Complex size, 83,004 acres, zero percent contained

Red Flag Warning issued for today, dry thunderstorms possible Complex size, 83,004 acres, zero percent contained

A Red Flag Warning has been issued today, June 27, for dry thunderstorms, as firefighters continue to deal with the West Fork Complex fires.  Thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon,…