416 Fire forces Hwy. 550 to close | KOB 4

416 Fire forces Hwy. 550 to close

Marian Camacho
June 04, 2018 05:47 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – The 416 Fire, burning near Durango, forced U.S. Highway 550 to close Monday. La Plata County officials say smoke in the area is a concern.


The fire is only 10-percent contained. And fire officials say more than 800 homes are still threatened.

La Plata County officials are asking residents to sign up for "Code Red." It's an emergency notification system that sends out alerts via mobile phone and email. 

Firefighters will continue to communicate with homeowners around Hermosa, which is under pre-evacuation orders, to create defensible spaces around buildings. But depending on fire conditions, fire officials could lead escorts to homes along Highway 550 as early as Tuesday.

The City of Durango sent out an alert via Twitter on Monday that the Hermosa watershed will be temporarily closed, in addition to the Lower Hermosa Campground, Hermosa Creek, Jones Creek, Dutch Creek Trails and Hermosa Park Road.


Marian Camacho

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