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416 Fire at nearly 33,000 acres as officials warn of flooding potential

416 Fire at nearly 33,000 acres as officials warn of flooding potential

David Lynch
June 17, 2018 05:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After over two weeks in which fires and smoke were the primary concern, Durango is now preparing for the possibility of flash floods Saturday, with up to three-quarters of an inch of rain expected in some areas.

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Officials say burned soil becomes water resistant, so burn scars from the 416 Fire could turn into areas of dangerous rushing water. Water rescue teams are on standby should they be needed. 

Fire officials added that cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels have lessened the threat for the 416 Fire to grow much bigger on Saturday. Since June 1 it has burned nearly 33,000 acres and is 20 percent contained as 1,124 personnel continue to fight it.

Most evacuated residents were able to finally return home this week. 

U.S. 550 – which was closed by the blaze for a stretch of days earlier this month – is now open to escorted traffic from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. between mile markers 39.5 and 49.5. The latest road closures can be viewed here

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