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The 416 Fire

 

When we arrived in Durango, the 416 fire had been burning for 12 days.  It's suspected a spark from a steam engine on the Narrow Gauge Durango & Silverton train started it.  It's currently only 18% contained at over 34,000 acres, and with about 500 firefighters managing it.  About a week ago there were over 1000 firefighters.  The cost of fighting the fire, as of Saturday the 23rd, was $21.7 million. Colorado, like every other Western State, had precious little snow over the winter, and scarcely any spring rains.  They are looking to the July "monsoon rains" to help get this fire under control.  It won't be out any time soon, that's for sure.

 

Click here to read the Durango Herald Article

 

The 416 Fire

 

When we arrived in Durango, the 416 fire had been burning for 12 days.  It's suspected a spark from a steam engine on the Narrow Gauge Durango & Silverton train started it.  It's currently only 18% contained at over 34,000 acres, and with about 500 firefighters managing it.  About a week ago there were over 1000 firefighters.  The cost of fighting the fire, as of Saturday the 23rd, was $21.7 million. Colorado, like every other Western State, had precious little snow over the winter, and scarcely any spring rains.  They are looking to the July "monsoon rains" to help get this fire under control.  It won't be out any time soon, that's for sure.

 

Click here to read the Durango Herald Article

 

comments (22)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Jun 2018, 01:34
Bravo aux pompiers !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - they are enduring hero's
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 27 Jun 2018, 02:47
nice to be appreciated

also nice to show appreciation
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, indeed!
Good montage, Ell', they deserve every credit.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank. Indeed they do
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 27 Jun 2018, 05:42
Amazingly the UK is suffering much the same sort of thing at the moment..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Frank showed me some photos of the fire near Manchester.... so strange!
I'm very sure EVERYONE is happy these firefighters are doing their job, Elizabeth. But what a heartbreak...and financial burden. I hope they get federal assistance?!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm sure there is some Federal funding... but I really don't know.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jun 2018, 06:06
Well done to the people who show their gratitude in such a way.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - these signs were all over town.
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 27 Jun 2018, 06:33
They deserve it more than anybody else, Elizabeth. A wonderful tribute.
The other day I read an article that often those fires are started after some damage of (above grounds) power lines and the power company turns on the power again, sparks from those power lines cause many many of cases of fire.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Very true, Astrid. Thank you.
I suppose that shouldn't surprise me! What does surprise me is how often they're started by idiots with cigarettes or not putting out camp fires... especially when there's a ban on camp fires!!!
Bel hommage ! merci pour eux
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudine! Yes ma'am!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Jun 2018, 07:55
They and you will be longing for rain even more than we are
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We start worrying about rain in March... especially when we've had a dry winter...
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Jun 2018, 08:19
I am sure they were extremely grateful.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think every day...
They are very brave people. There are fires on saddlworth moor near Manchester at the moment. An are I imagine Frank knows quite well
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are certainly hero's. We've been following the fires near Manchester... Very sad.
I see you've been updated on the fires we currently have near Manchester, fortunately not to the magnitude of the ones near Durango, it must be frightening for those whose properties are in the area and the firefighters must feel it is a never ending task taking control.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well said, Brian. Well said.
WOW! It is impressive to see how gratefulness is expressed everywhere.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We're all in this together when you get down to it...
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 27 Jun 2018, 12:47
A great collage of photos where businesses are expressing their thanks!! Beautifully presented!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Steven!
forest fires truly are a horror in the western US.

A few years ago there was a massive one in the southwestern part of Georgia that became huge and lasted for weeks. Volunteer firefighters came from around the US to help.

It was so large that we could smell smoke here in Athens a couple hundred miles away.

Spring of 2007.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes they are. I do remember that Georgia one - A friend of mine is from Atlanta and we watched it with great concern.
Bravo to them for sure!!!! smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Hero's - one and all
it's a great tribute by the people in Durango to honour the 416 fire fighters... your collage does the same thing Elizabeth... good for you!....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Peter! They are hero's - one and all!
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 27 Jun 2018, 19:13
wow those are some staggering numbers, Elizabeth. commendable effort indeed.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Wildfires in the west are nothing to shake a stick at.... so to speak!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jun 2018, 20:59
What with global heating, they should have a contingency plan, for in case those monsoons don't arrive. These things are getting to be real, while the trumpet want to ignore it all.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I'm sure they do...
Don't get me started on that man and his stupid administration!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They do... and I can't believe we're coming up on the 5th anniversary of the Yarnell fire which took the lives of 19 of our Granite Mountain Hotshots.
I hope you are right about the rain.
Wow... a spark from a train!...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Crazy, huh?
Forest fires rage every year and seem to be worsening. Yeah to the fire fighters.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are worsening for sure.

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