416 Fire grows to more than 20,000 acres
June 14, 2018 11:54 AM
DURANGO, Colo. – The 416 Fire has now grown to more than 20,000 acres and is 15-percent contained.
More than 900 firefighters are working to protect homes in the area, including smokejumpers. They parachute into remote areas and try to stop the fire in its tracks. After a smokejumper lands, and begins to mitigate the fire risk, other resources move in and battle the fire.
U.S. 550 is closed from Cometti Lane to the top of Molas Pass.
A pre-evacuation notice was sent for 127 residences along the east and west sides of County Road 205, north from its intersection with County Road 204 to the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision entrance.
The Postal Service is reminding customers that they are holding mail for all of those impacted by the fire. USPS officials say they had to stop delivery to more than 2,100 homes and due to a large amount of mail being held, they're asking that residents not pick up their mail daily, but give priority to those expecting medications, checks and necessary supplies.
#416Fire update on mail operations in #Durango. Plz don't come to Post Office unless you are looking for meds, checks supplies. We are holding mail for more than 2100 homes. Use #informedDelivery to check incoming mail. Thx @DurangoHerald and others for keeping everyone connected pic.twitter.com/T4QBC1Mhtf— USPS Colorado (@USPS_Colorado) June 11, 2018
Meanwhile, the Burro Fire burning nearby has grown to approximately 2,684 acres. It's burning about 13 miles west of the 416 Fire, but it's moving in a southeastern direction.
The Type 1 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team has taken over efforts in fighting the fire.
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has announced it will prolong the suspension of its coal-fired steam passenger service through at least the end of the month. The rail will issue immediate refunds to all ticket holders whose excursions were canceled.
Rail officials made the decision after consulting with fire personnel and government agencies regarding the fires in the area and ongoing critical fire conditions.
KOB's Meg Hilling got a look inside a Chinook helicopter that is a part of the team attacking these fires from the air.
Updated: June 14, 2018 11:54 AM
Created: June 11, 2018 10:42 AM
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