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Hundreds of residents on pre-evacuation watch as 416 Fire continues to burn

David Lynch
June 09, 2018 01:10 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – Nearly 700 firefighters and personnel in southwest Colorado continue to battle the 416 Fire, which has burned nearly 8,700 acres in eight days.  

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The blaze is 10 percent contained, according to the latest updates from officials on Saturday morning. A community meeting open to the public is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

On Friday homemade signs thanking firefighters and hotshot crews for their efforts could be spotted in Durango. 

Highway 550 remains closed from mile marker 32 to mile marker 47, though law enforcement is providing escorts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Forestry officials say low humidity and moderate wind gusts are expected to make the ongoing battle tough for firefighters, whose priority remains cleaning up hotspots and keeping the fire's advance away from residential areas.

Mandatory evacuation orders are still in place for residents from Mead/Cometti/Albrecht/Lane from the Animas River north to Electra Lake Road – that amounts to over 1,600 residences.

In addition, pre-evacuation notices are in place for the following areas and businesses:

  • Purgatory
  • Durango Mountain Resort
  • Cascade Village
  • Celadon
  • Red Tail Mountain Ranch
  • Elkhorn Mountain
  • Falls Creek Ranch
  • Hidden Meadows
  • Dalton Ranch (north of Trimble Lane)
  • Durango Regency
  • Red Rock Range
  • Estancia
  • Cottonwoods
  • Cascade Creek Summer Homes
  • Mill Creek Lodge Estates
  • All properties between mile marker 50 mile marker 54 on U.S. 550

Those living in areas under pre-evacuation notice should make sure to have their bags packed with essentials and bring flammable items inside, as well as do these other things.

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David Lynch

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