Forest Service orders Colorado train in Durango to stop fire mitigation

Cres Fleming, with his dog Stella, waves to Durango & Silverton Train Locomotive 486 as it makes its way towards Durango on July 10, 2018 near Hermosa. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

DURANGO (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service shut down an extensive fire mitigation project after raising concerns about the number of trees being cut down and sold to a logging company in southwestern Colorado.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad completed eight miles (12 kilometers) of the tree-cutting project before the Forest Service sent the railroad a cease-and-desist order May 27, The Durango Herald reported Thursday.

“Members of the public and Forest Service resource specialists have raised a number of concerns about … clearing activities currently being conducted along the railroad right-of-way,” San Juan National Forest Supervisor Kara Chadwick said in the order.

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