Road Closure Around Doe Canyon Fire Lifted

Jul 10, 2019
Courtesy of Kathy Russell/San Juan National Forest

The road closure around the Doe Canyon Fire was lifted Tuesday.

Lorena Williams, acting executive assistant with the U.S. Forest Service, said the closure ended ahead of schedule due to calmer fire conditions. 

Courtesy of Andy Lyon

The Doe Canyon Fire has grown to 2,390 acres, according to an update Wednesday from the San Juan National Forest. Firefighters have used the wildfire as a chance to burn excess fuel and improve forest health.

Updated: Doe Canyon Fire Grows to 675 Acres

Jun 25, 2019
Courtesy of Andy Lyon

Update (July 1): Crews are managing the fire to burn off surface-level fuel and the closure has been updated. Read more here. The original story continues below.

When Timothy Ingalsbee thinks back on his days in the 1980s and '90s fighting wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, he remembers the adventure of jumping out of a helicopter into the wilderness, and the camaraderie of being on a fire crew.

"We just slept in a heap," he says, "on the ground under the stars, or smoke-filled skies."

But Ingalsbee, who went on to found the Eugene, Ore.-based Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology, doesn't like to remember all that smoke.

Wildland Fire Conference Addresses the Human Condition

Oct 17, 2018
Christopher Biddle

Wildfire is an increasing problem for Coloradans. They’re bigger than ever before, lasting longer, and affecting more people.