Wildfire near Durango grows to 1,100 acres | KOB 4

Wildfire near Durango grows to 1,100 acres

Marian Camacho
June 01, 2018 08:47 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – A fast-growing fire, burning about 15-miles north of Durango, has grown to about 1,100 acres. 


Residents who live in the area from Baker’s Bridge at County Road 250, north to Electra Lake Road, are under mandatory evacuation orders. Residents on north Electra Lake to Meadow View Drive are under a pre-evacuation notice. This includes Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, Cascade Village, Celadon, Red Tail Mountain Ranch, and Elkhorn Mountain subdivisions.

Evacuees can go to Escalante Middle School. There will be a second evacuation site at Silverton School. Livestock can be taken to the La Plata County Fairgrounds and pets are being accepted at the La Plata County Humane Society. 

Emergency officials have closed U.S. 550 from mile markers 33.5 to 48.

Multiple agencies are fighting this fire from the ground and air. County officials say the fire was possibly sparked by a train.

La Plate County Officials are telling those who are under pre-evacuation notice to take the following steps to help expedite departure should a mandatory evacuation notice be given:

Inside the house:

  • Gather medications
  • Pack a bag with clothing and essentials
  • Shut off air conditioning and fans
  • Shut all windows and doors before leaving
  • If you have time, gather paperwork and photographs that cannot be replaced

Outside the house:

  • Gather flammable items and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.)
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters.
  • Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers or water running; this can affect critical water pressure
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.


  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Prepare livestock for transport and plan to move them to a safe location early
  • Pack food and medications for your pets

This is a developing story. Stay with KOB.com for any updates.  


Marian Camacho

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