According to an announcement by officials on Monday, the 416 Fire burning in Southwest Colorado near Durango has grown to an estimated 22,131 acres. The fire remains 10 percent contained.
There are 813 personnel currently working to control the burn. Though the fire has yet to damage any structures, its close proximity to homes has resulted in more than 2,100 evacuations.
Factors that have aided the rapid spread of this fire include a very low 6% humidity, as well as wind gusts from 20-25 miles per hour. Conditions of this nature are expected to persist.
For the most up-to-date information, we recommend checking out the official ‘416 Fire’ Facebook page.
Here’s the official map of the burn that La Plata County posted via Twitter (@LaPlataCountyCO) at approximately 11AM mountain time on June 11, 2018.
As a result of this fire and the conditions that have made it so difficult to contain, the Forest Service has announced that they’ll be closing San Juan National Forest to the public.
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