416 Fire at nearly 34,400 acres as dry and hot conditions persist
June 24, 2018 11:58 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Fire officials in Colorado say the efforts by residents in the southwest part of the state to fortify their homes in order to prevent flames from the 416 Fire reaching them has helped immensely in the battle against the blaze.
That fight is now approaching a month in length after the fire was sparked June 1. The cause is still under investigation, but as of the latest update on Sunday morning the 416 Fire had burned 34,378 acres and was at 37 percent containment.
Extremely dry and hot conditions have led to the issuing of another critical red flag warning at the end of the weekend. Officials said the blaze will be most active near Clear Creek on Sunday.
Fire officials added that while smoke columns will be highly visible on the reopened U.S. 550, "interior fire activity is generally not a threat." Residents are also being encouraged to continue "building defensible spaces around their homes."
The first meeting of a Burned Area Emergency Response Team assigned to the 416 Fire is scheduled for Monday.
Created: June 24, 2018 11:58 AM
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