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After some rain, Colorado mountain railroad resumes service

July 12, 2018

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A scenic railroad that runs through the southwestern Colorado mountains has resumed regular service after shutting over a month ago because of the high fire danger.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad began running coal-fired steam engines Thursday for the first time since June 1, when the 416 Fire started in the San Juan National Forest.

Officials haven’t released a cause of the 85 square mile fire but some eyewitnesses say it started after the train passed by some homes.

The coal-fired engines can send out cinders and have been known to start small fires.

The Durango Herald reports some rain fell this week and more is expected over the coming days. However, the Four Corners region where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona is still in an extreme drought.

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Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com

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