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Fire burning north of Durango estimated at 1,500 acres

David Lynch and Meg Hilling
June 02, 2018 10:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 416 Fire burning north of Durango is 10 percent contained, according to the latest update from state officials, and firefighters were able to make some headway thanks to cool overnight temperatures.

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The blaze is estimated to be nearly 2,000 acres in size as of Saturday afternoon as fire crews prioritize "protecting neighborhoods and threatened infrastructure and quickly extinguishing any spot fires." Nearby subdivisions including Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort and Cascade Village are under pre-evacuation notice, officials say.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Escalante Middle School in Durango and Silverton School in Silverton, Colorado. The sound of helicopter blades and planes could be heard bouncing off the mountains in the area as crews worked to gain some control. 

Many residents in the area said they were incredibly distraught by the fire, but aren't surprised because of how dry the region is – echoing a sentiment shared by many in New Mexico. 

"As early as April 1 we had already been receiving reports of multiple wildfires a day. Our county commissioners, land managers, southern Ute tribes, all the various jurisdictions around here went to Stage One fire restrictions much earlier than usual – that happened in April," said Megan Graham of La Plata County Public Affairs. 

Those same jurisdictions went into Stage Two restrictions Friday morning, just before the 416 Fire started. 

One fire station in Durango tweeted a message early Saturday morning putting the charity of the local community into perspective.

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David Lynch and Meg Hilling

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