• Attempted Kidnapping in Rifle Rifle—The Rifle Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who tried to kidnap a minor child early Wednesday morning in near the corner of 4th Street and West Avenue. Authorities say the child fought off the man and got away. Right now the only information investigators have on the suspect ...
  • 416 Fire Update Durango—The 416 fire north of Durango is now at 26 thousand acres and growing.  About a thousand firefighters on the ground and in the air are battling the nearly tw0-week old blaze and have achieved 15 percent containment.  Officials say they don’t expect to have full containment until the end of July or early August.  ...
  • Fires Burning Near Utah and Wyoming State Lines Undated—A wildfire burning in southern Wyoming has doubled in size in the last 24 hours and has now burned over 5,000 acres. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos says additional growth was expected today because of continued hot, dry and windy conditions. Voos says 393 homes in the area have been evacuated since the fire in the ...
  • Buffalo Mountain Fire Update Silverthorne—A Type-2 Incident Management Team is now being called in to take over the Buffalo Mountain Fire in Silverthorne.  Crews have been able to keep the fire from growing thanks to natural fuel breaks in the terrain.  The size of the fire is still at 91 acres.  About 14-hundred residents of the Wildernest and Mesa ...
  • Rifle Man’s Cause of Death Unknown Rifle—Determining Joshua Gomez’s cause of death is going to take several weeks.  Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire says Gomez’s body was badly decomposed when it was found last Saturday afternoon on an island in the Colorado River near Parachute.  Glassmore has ruled out any kind of trauma or physical injury but he is asking for ...
  • San Juan National Forest Closed Durango—For the first time since the record wildfire year of 2002, a Colorado forest has closed because of fire danger.  Officials with the San Juan National Forest closed nearly 1.8 million acres of forest to all hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers to greatly reduce the risk of human-caused fires.  The 416 Fire north of ...
  • Crews Gaining Ground on Bocco Fire Wolcott—The Bocco Fire north of Wolcott is now 50 percent contained and remains at 415 acres in size.   The number of personnel working the fire since last Saturday is down to about a hundred.  Incident Commander Jeremy Spetter says there are still hot spots smoldering within the perimeter of the fire that may kick up ...
  • Woman Charged for Sparking Gore Creek Fire East Vail—A campfire above the Gore Creek Trailhead in East Vail quickly turned into a small wildfire yesterday.  The fire near the Gore Creek Campground burned close to an acre before emergency officials were able to snuff it out.  No one was evacuated from the campground and no structures were in danger.  The Eagle County ...
  • Smoky Air Expected Throughout Western Colorado Multiple public safety agencies have issued alerts and warnings regarding smoke in the air today. Residents could smell and see smoke in the air for much of the day today, and the National Weather Service says that smoke will probably continue into at least Tuesday. The fires that are actively burning closest to the KMTS listening ...
  • Local Wildfire Experts Bracing For Busy Summer Rifle—As a group of the valley’s finest wildfire experts prepared for a media briefing at the Rifle-Garfield County Airport, an infrared-equipped, turboprop, multi-mission aircraft was preparing to take off to check out a couple of reported fires to the north.  The plane is one of two Pilatus PC-12’s operated by the Division of Fire Prevention ...