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416 Fire affecting Durango, Silverton economy

KOB.com Web Staff
June 08, 2018 06:26 PM

DURANGO, Colo. - The 416 Fire continues to burn in southwest Colorado, and – despite reassurances that the area's tourism industry isn't suffering from it – the blaze is starting to have an effect on the local economy.

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According to new numbers from the Durango Herald, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one of the top attractions for both New Mexico and Colorado, has furloughed 150 seasonal employees.

MORE: Crews work to slow down raging Colorado blaze

The railroad is also facing cancellations for up to 31,000 tickets if the fire keeps burning through June, the Herald reports.

In Silverton, the situation is worse. The town depends on the highway and train – both of which are closed. As a result, some shops say they are only making $30 or $40 a day.

As of Friday, train trips through June 17 are canceled.

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