Southwest Colorado

The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. started the 416 Fire with one of its coal-fired engines, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Forest Service in the District of Colorado.

June 1 will mark the one-year anniversary of the 416 Fire starting north of Durango in the San Juan National Forest. The fire burned 54,000 acres — an area larger than Mesa Verde National Park — and took two months to be contained.

But even with that one-year anniversary coming up, one question lingers: What started the 416 Fire? 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife just announced they’ve discovered a species of cutthroat trout previously thought to be extinct. They also said the species was threatened again this summer.

From the roof of Chuck McAfee’s adobe farmhouse in rural southwestern Colorado, you can see into three other states: Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Mountain peaks are just barely visible above the horizon.

Even though this part of Montezuma County is considered the high desert, it’s common for these grass and sagebrush hills to be snow-covered into spring. This year they’re bare, and have been since last winter.