Approximately 10 miles north of Durango, the ‘416 Fire’ continues to rage. From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, it spread to cover an additional 1,000 acres, now having burnt a total of 4,015 acres. Factors like wind, low humidity, and high temperatures have aided in the rapid spread of the blaze.
It’s been reported that approximately 600 firefighters are attempting to control the wildfire, many of which come from other areas of the state. Aerial strategies are also on standby to be used when needed.
Mandatory evacuations are currently in place, impacting approximately 825 households. Another 1,000+ households are in a stage of pre-evacuation.
While the ‘416 fire’ had closed down Highway 550 completely between mile markers 38 and 48 during some previous days, current plans state that the road will be open between 8AM and 6PM on Wednesday, albeit restricted to one lane with mandatory law enforcement escort.
The fire is currently at 10% containment.
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