COLORADO: Wildfire near Durango forces evacuations, highway closure

DURANGO, Colo. (KKTV) – According to reports, a portion of highway north of Durango has been closed. A wildfire that has struck that area is continuing to grow, and on a 10-mile segment of the road, the traffic has been shut down.

At approximately 10 a.m. Friday the 416 Fire started in the region of Highway 550 on the west side. By 8 p.m. it managed to grow covering about 1,100 acres. With the fire at only 10 miles north of Durango, officials were forced to order the evacuation of one subdivision while the pre-evacuations were set for another. Total of 825 residences were evacuated while there were 750 pre-evacuation notices issued as of Friday night.

With an exceptional drought that hit the area, the county manager decided to declare a state of local disaster.

South of Purgatory Ski Resort, Highway 550 was closed in both directions all the way to the north of Hermosa. The closure starts from mile marker 38 and goes to marker 48. An alternative route has been offered, and it leads you to County Road 250.


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Rapidly Growing 416 Fire Forces More Evacuations Near Durango



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