416 Fire update: 54,129 acres, 50% contained; wet weather with monsoonal rain on the way

Jun 1, 2018

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated as new information is provided.

#416 Fire, July 9, 2018, 9:00 AM:  Daily rain continues over the 416 Fire area with the onset of significant monsoonal rain expected later this week. Periods of heavy rain may lead to flash flooding and debris flows. 

#416 Fire, July 7, 2018, 8:00 AM:  La Plata County will host a community meeting this evening at 7 PM at Miller Middle School in Durango to discuss probable impacts of heavy rain on the burn area. Flash Flood Watch in effect from noon to 9 PM. 

#416 Fire, July 6, 2018, 5:30 PM:  Due to the potential for rainfall to trigger flooding and debris flow in some areas in and adjacent to the 416 Fire over the coming days, a pre-evacuation order has been issued for 317 residences along County Roads 203 and 205.  

This includes Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions, Durango Regency, the Sanctuary, Hermosa Circle, and residences in the Tripp Creek area.

Weather forecasts indicate that storms between Friday and Tuesday could produce rainfall sufficient to trigger flooding and debris flow, and the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 9 p.m. Friday. 

#416 Fire, July 6, 2018, 4:00 PM:  La Plata County will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Miller Middle School, 2608 Junction Street in Durango, to provide an update on 416 Fire activity as well as to discuss the potential for flooding and debris flow in drainages in and around the fire burn area.

Weather forecasts indicate that storms between Friday and Tuesday could produce rainfall sufficient to trigger flooding and debris flow, and the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning, over the burn area for this afternoon. These events could be intensified in areas in and around the 416 Fire burn area, where soils may be unable to absorb water at normal rates. These conditions can lead to more rapid runoff of water and materials during the storms forecast this week and those over the coming months and years.

The community meeting will provide residents with an update on the 416 Fire progress, a weather forecast, an overview of the soils conditions and associated potential runoff and debris flow conditions in specific areas along the 416 Fire boundaries, and public safety information to prepare residents for possible flooding events.

#416 Fire, July 6, 2018, 8:00 AM:  Continued cool, wet weather has reduced fire behavior to creeping, and smoldering in heavy fuels that are sheltered by the tree canopy. As the amount of rain increases, it will penetrate the canopy, wetting fuels and making them less available to burn. Smoke impacts to surrounding communities diminish rapidly as fuels become saturated. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the 416 fire area in effect from noon to 9 PM. The probability of rain increases through the weekend. 

#416 Fire, July 5, 2018, 7:00 AM:  The  416 Fire is now 54,129 acres and 45% contained. Fire behavior and spread on the 416 Fire were very low Wednesday, resulting in only 869 acres in growth and the perimeter contained by fireline has increased to 45%. This decreased fire behavior is expected to continue today. 

There is a chance of thunderstorms, dry lightning and wetting rains today. By Friday, it is forecast that a significant wetting rain will begin. The probability of rain increases through the weekend, with amounts ranging from .10 to .25 inches expected daily. Smoke impacts to surrounding communities should diminish rapidly with very reduced fire spread.

#416 Fire, July 4, 2018, 9:00 AM:  416 Fire is now at 53,260. There's an increased chance of thunderstorms and dry lightning today. Thunderstorms also bring the threat of brief, strong and erratic winds that can be dangerous to firefighters. The wind is not expected to radically influence fire behavior because of the increasingly wet forest fuels. By Friday, it is forecast that a significant wetting rain will begin. The probability of rain increases through the weekend, with amounts ranging from .10 to .25 inches expected daily. Smoke impacts to surrounding communities should diminish rapidly with very reduced fire spread.

#416 Fire, July 2, 2018, 4:00 PM:  At 4 p.m. Monday, pre-evacuation notices will be lifted for the Falls Creek and High Meadows subdivisions, residences and businesses on the west side of County Road 203 from Trimble Lane south to the U.S. Highway 550 intersection, the 1000 block of County Road 204 to the Colorado Trail access, and County Road 205 north from the intersection of County Road 204 to the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision entrance.

This affects 447 residences and five commercial structures. There are no remaining evacuation orders or pre-evacuation notices in place due to the 416 Fire. 

La Plata County has imposed Stage 3 fire restrictions for all unincorporated lands in the county.  

#416 Fire, July 2, 2018, 9:00 AM:  The 416 Fire is 51,068 acres, growing 1767 acres yesterday. The growth occured in the southwest as burnout operations completed the line and also in the northwest perimeter of the fire.  In the days ahead, smoke is expected to continue impacting surrounding communities although the cooler weather should reduce fire activity and smoke a bit. 

#416 Fire, July 1, 2018, 9:00 AM:  The 416 Fire has grown to 49,301 acres. Yesterday a passage of a dry cold front allowed incident meteorologists the opportunity to downgrade the Red Flag Warning into a Fire Weather Watch over the fire area. The change in weather pattern caused the fire’s progress to slow to the north and northwest while providing a great opportunity for firefighters on the south and southwest portion to continue firing operations along Forest Road 171.  However, the passage of the cold front will cause the wind to switch from a southwest flow to a northwest flow. The northwest flow with winds in the mid teens, will cause an increase in smoke to the communities along the Highway 550 corridor.  The southern communities of Hermosa and Durango may feel the biggest impact of smoke as they are at the confluence of the Hermosa Creek and Animas River drainages which allows smoke from the the 416 fire to flow into the lower elevations and directly into the affected communities.

#416 Fire, June 30, 2018, 10:00 AM:  The 416 Fire has grown to 47,617 acres. A Red Flag Warning remains in the area for increased winds, hot temps, and low relative humidity. Heavy smoke will affect Hermosa and Durango through late morning. A dry cold front is expected to pass through the fire area late afternoon bringing stronger, gustier winds. 

Fire activity is expected to remain the most active along the northern perimeter as conditions and winds out of the southwest cause additional fire movement earlier in the day. Fire advanced northward up Big Lick Creek drainage Friday. Aircraft will continue to monitor the northwest perimeter of the fire and resources will be moved north to prepare lines around Purgatory. 

#416 Fire, June 29, 2018, 12:00 PM: Fire growth yesterday to 41,617 acres. An increase in fire activity is anticipated in the northwest perimeter of the Deer Creek drainage.  Hot and dry weather, winds out of the southwest and changing wind patterns are forecasted for the day.  Wind gusts up to 30 mph are predicted. The fire is expected to continue a moderate rate of spread which may cause smoke to be visible from communities north along the Highway 550 corridor. Although temperatures will decrease slightly, fire weather remains near critical as high temperatures, low relative humidity, strong southwestern winds and a strong high pressure cell warrant the issuance of another Red Flag Warning. Red Flag Warnings are issued to alert firefighters that the existing conditions have potential for dangerous fire growth. The combination of these factors may lead to an increase in fire activity and moderate fire spread throughout the fire area.

#416 Fire, June 28, 2018, 2:00 PM: Scot Davis with Durango Fire & Rescue will be joining us live at 2:30 for a fire update. Tune-in!

#416 Fire, June 28, 2018, 12:30 PM: The fire is now at 37,488 acres, with 37% containment.  Incident meteorologists have issued a Red Flag Warning for the fire area due to an increase in daytime temperatures, strong southwest surface winds and a reduction of relative humidity associated with an approaching high pressure ridge over the incident. A Red Flag warning is issued to inform firefighters of local conditions that are primed for fire combustion and rapid spread throughout the fire area which may lead to dangerous fire growth. In addition to the Red Flag warning for today, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Friday because of continued hot and dry conditions over the next 24-36 hours.
 
With the forecasted hot and dry weather and change in wind direction to the southwest over the next 24 hours, the local communities may see an increase in fire activity to the north and northwest.  As the 416 Fire continues to consume fuels within the Hermosa Creek Wilderness south of the Purgatory Ski Resort and along the southwestern perimeter, the probability of an increase in visible smoke to communities along the Highway 550 is greatly increased.

#416 Fire, June 26, 2018, 9:30 AM: The fire is now at 35,195 acres, 36% contained. Continued hot and dry conditions will persist throughout the day over the entire fire area. The potential for an  increase in fire activity is likely today due to a forecasted rise in daytime temperatures, decreased relative humidity and accompanying daytime winds. The increased fire activity and downslope winds in the morning will increase the chance of smoke dispersal along Highway 550 and may have an impact to the communities and public along the highway corridor.

#416 Fire, June 25, 2018, 6:30 AM: The fire grew 584 acres yesterday, now at 34,962 acres, with pockets of growth on the northwestern side. 

#416 Fire, June 24, 2018, 8:30 PM: Evening update from the 416 crew - westerly winds sent significant smoke down the Hermosa drainage today, sending moderate to heavy smoke in the air. This is coming from the increased fire activity near Clear Creek. The environment continues to be primed for problematic fire behavior. Weather is trending toward warmer and drier, causing fuels to be more susceptible to ignition. The San Juan area remains in conditions of significant drought; monsoons are not expected until at least mid-July.

#416 Fire, June 24, 2018, 7:30 AM:  The 416 Fire is currently 34,378 acres, 37% contained. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect today, and more smoke will be visible in the fire area with smoke columns possible. 

#416 Fire, June 23, 2018, 7:30 AM:  The 416 Fire is currently 34,278 acres, 37% contained. There are currently 507 people working on the fire. As a reminder, the San Juan National Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, and fire area remains closed.

The Burro Fire is 3,756 acres, 53% contained. 

There's a Red Flag warning in effect today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a Fire Weather Watch tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

#416 Fire, June 22, 2018, 4:15 PM:  The closure point on County Road 205 has been removed, and the road is now open to public traffic. Please be aware that fire-fighting personnel and equipment may be in the area and use caution on roadways.

Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for the Falls Creek and High Meadows subdivisions, as well as for residences and businesses on the west side of County Road 203 from Trimble Lane south to the U.S. Highway 550 intersection, the 1000 block of County Road 204 to the Colorado Trail access, and County Road 205 north from the intersection of County Road 204 to the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision entrance.

Stage 3 fire restrictions remain in effect for unincorporated areas of La Plata County and county-owned trails, open space and unimproved land is closed to public use. For details on the fire restrictions, visit: http://co.laplata.co.us/government/news/what_s_new/commissioners_enact_stage_3_fire_restrictions

#416 Fire, June 22, 2018, 9:30 AM:  This morning's report shows new acreage at 34,224 and 37% contained. Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Fire Weather Watch expected tomorrow. The National Incident Management Organization from Portland took over command of the 416 Fire at 6:00 a.m. today. Huge thanks to the departing Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team!

#416 Fire, June 21, 2018, 8:00 PM:  Small growth on 416 Fire, to 34,177 acres, increased containment to 37%. As predicted, increasing heat and humidity are causing fuels to dry, smolder and kindle. Smoke may be visible in already burned areas. There are currently helicopters dropping water on some hotspots near edge of the direct line on the Falls Creek Ridge. There is a squad of hotshots working to mitigate in that area. 

The latest update on the Burro Fire reports 3715 acres, 53% containment. 

#416 Fire, June 20, 2018, 4:00 PM:  Starting tomorrow, June 21 at 3 PM, along with the San Juan National Forest and BLM lands, all open space and trails in the City of Durango will reopen for use, with the exception of Lake Nighthorse, which will reopen at 7 AM Friday, June 22 at 7 AM. 

Fire and smoking restrictions on city owned properties remain in effect. 

#416 Fire, June 20, 2018, 8:00 AM: From San Juan National Forest - On Thursday, June 21, at 3 p.m., the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) will re-open to the public by rescinding the Stage 3 Closure Order that has been in place since June 12.  Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Durango area that closed last week will also reopen. An area around the active 416 and Burro Fires will remain closed to public entry, including the segments of the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to the Junction Creek terminus.  The BLM lands and the rest of the SJNF will remain in Stage 2 fire restrictions.

This allows campgrounds, roads, and trails to re-open, and operations to resume for those with permits and contracts for doing business on the public lands. 

While recent messaging has been that one rainstorm would likely not result in much of a difference in fire danger, the weather event that southwest Colorado experienced this past weekend was not a typical event. The storm brought up to 1.5 inches of rain to some local areas, which is more rain than is received during the whole month of June on average. This was unanticipated relief to the extraordinarily dry and fire prone conditions in the region. Fortunately, the rain was delivered in a steady two-day event which did not produce mud slides or debris flows.

#416 Fire, June 19, 2018, 10:45 AM: Evacuated residents in Falls Creek and High Meadows can return home today, beginning at 11 a.m. County Road 205 will be open to residents only from the checkpoint north. There is fire mitigation activity and fire-fighting equipment in the area. Please use caution on roadways and around homes.

Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residences and businesses on the west side of County Road 203 from Trimble Lane south to the U.S. Highway 550 intersection, the 1000 block of County Road 204 to the Colorado Trail access, and County Road 205 north from the intersection of County Road 204 to the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision entrance.

#416 Fire, June 18, 2018, 8:00 AM: No growth for 416 Fire, containment increased to 30%. Hwy 550 remains open without an escort.

#416 Fire, June 17, 2018, 2:00 PM: Evacuated residents and businesses in Hermosa area can re-enter (since noon today); all pre-evac notices lifted from Trimble Lane north from Cometti/Mead Lane south to Trimble Lane.

Additionally, the pre-evacuation orders for this area and all areas from the west side of County Road 203 east to the Animas River and north through San Juan County have been lifted. Hwy 550 is open to all traffic.

Residents in the Falls Creek area remain under evacuation orders, and pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residences and businesses on the west side of County Road 203 from Trimble Lane south to the U.S. Highway 550 intersection, the 1000 block of County Road 204 to the Colorado Trail access, and County Road 205 north from the intersection of County Road 204 to the Falls Creek Ranch subdivision entrance. 

#416 Fire, June 17, 2018, 9:00 AM:  Flash Flood Warning extended until 11:45 AM. Today at 8 a.m., evacuated residents and businesses (east and west sides of US 550) from Glacier Club to Needles began returning to their homes and businesses. Hwy 550 will be open without an escort.

In some areas, the 416 Fire received over ¼” of rain within an hour this morning. The Burro Fire received over 7/10” of rain.

Public information officers from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will once again be holding daily briefings for the public at the following locations and times today:     

Durango Joe’s, 40 Town Plaza, Durango at 9:30 a.m.

Trimble True Value, 45 Trimble Crossing Drive, Durango at 11:30 a.m.

Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, Durango at noon

Silverton Post Office, 138 W 12th Street, Silverton at 2 p.m.

#416 Fire, June 17, 2018, 6:00 AM: Flash Flood Warning through 9 AM from National Weather Service.  At 5:53 a.m. trained spotters reported flash flooding with rock and debris across Hwy 550 just north of Durango. 

#416 Fire, June 16, 2018, 8:30 PM: The Flash Flood Watch just extended to 6 AM Sunday by National Weather Service. Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, evacuated residents and businesses on both the east and west sides of U.S. Highway 550 from Glacier Club to Needles can return to their homes and businesses. This includes Haviland Lake, Electra Lake, and Lakewood Meadows.

These residences and businesses will remain under pre-evacuation orders. In total, 284 residences and two businesses can re-enter beginning at 8 am. Sunday. U.S. Highway 550 will open to all lanes of traffic at 8 a.m. with no law enforcement escort or closure points.

#416 Fire, June 16, 2018, 9:10 AM: 416 Fire now at 34,161 acres, 20% contained. Burro 3715 acres, 0 % contained.

#416 Fire, June 16, 2018, 8:30 AM: There is a Flash Flood Watch in place for today from 9 a.m. until midnight, with rain accumulations up to one inch. 416 Fire leadership is coordinating closely with La Plata County Emergency Services to monitor and plan for this possible situation. Hermosa Creek and Tripp Gulch are particularly susceptible drainages; when an area has burned, soil become hydrophobic, or water resistant, which causes water to rush over soil instead of soak in. Significant amounts of rainfall in short time spans contribute to this situation. Emergency managers are developing a specific flood response plan, and a flood support group is now attached to the fire team. Specialized water rescue teams are already in place should the need arise. Meteorologists from the 416 Fire will monitor weather changes in order to provide advance notice of any developments. Residents may see more emergency service personnel moving into the area in order to prepare for any adverse weather events.

#416 Fire, June 16, 2018, 8:00 AM:  Public information officers from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will once again be holding daily briefings for the public at the following locations and times today:     

Durango Joe’s, 40 Town Plaza, Durango at 9:30 a.m.

Trimble True Value, 45 Trimble Crossing Drive, Durango at 11:30 a.m.

Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, Durango at noon

Silverton Post Office, 138 W 12th Street, Silverton at 2 p.m.

#416 Fire, June 15, 2018, 8:00 PM: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, following forecasts that between ½ inch and 2 ¼ inches of rain over 24 hours beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. Because large-scale wildfires such as the 416 Fire dramatically alter the landscape and ground and soil conditions, drainages in the 416 Fire area are particularly susceptible to mud and debris flow.

Residents in the burn area – and throughout La Plata County – should be prepared for potential flooding as well as mud and debris flow. There are numerous preparedness and insurance resources available at: http://www.co.laplata.co.us/government/news/what_s_new/flood_after_fire__resources___preparedness_tools

#416 Fire, June 15, 2018, 7:00 PM: La Plata County is working in conjunction with Colorado Department of Local Affairs and recovery office to establish a Disaster Assistance Center for the citizens of La Plata County that have been impacted by the 416 Fire. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from many local, state, regional and national resources to help connect La Plata County community members who have been evacuated or whose employment has been affected by the 416 Fire with services or assistance. Organizations include Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, Region 9 Economic Development District, Durango Food Bank, Workforce Center, Durango Tourism Office, San Juan Basin Public Health, La Plata County Department of Human Services, Axis Health, Family Center, Manna Soup Kitchen, and the Red Cross.

Additionally, representatives from FEMA Region 8 National Flood Insurance and the USDA Farm Service Agency will be available to answer questions and provide resources. There will be additional Disaster Assistance Center dates scheduled over the coming weeks.

#416 Fire, June 15, 2018, 4:00 PM: In partnership with Fort Lewis College, La Plata County and the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team, a new interactive map is available to show residents whether their home is under evacuation or pre-evacuation order, as well as how far the structure is from the 416 Fire perimeter.

The new fire evacuation map can be found at:  http://bit.ly/416fire. Residents can enter an address to determine their home’s status. The map will be updated any time an evacuation is lifted or ordered for the 416 fire.

#416 Fire, June 15, 2018, 11:30 AM: 416 Fire now at 32,959 acres, 18% contained. Burro 3485 acres, 0 % contained. 

#416 Fire, June 15, 2018, 11:00 AM: From 12 to 8 p.m. today, evacuated residents and businesses on the east and west sides of Hwy 550 from mile marker 46.5 at Needles north to the San Juan County line can return to their homes and businesses. This includes Two Dogs, Twilight Peaks, and Lake Purgatory subdivisions, Silver Pick Lodge, Purgatory, and Durango Mountain Resort. In total, 761 residences and 94 businesses can re-enter beginning at noon.

These residences and businesses will remain under pre-evacuation orders, and residents will be subject to the limited opening hours of U.S. Highway 550, which will close Friday at 8 p.m. The highway is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with law enforcement escort.

Law enforcement escorts for through traffic on U.S. Highway will continue during the re-entry period.

#416 Fire, June 15, 2018, 8:30 AM: Public information officers from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team will be holding daily briefings for the public at the following locations and times:     

Durango Joe’s, 40 Town Plaza, Durango at 9:30 a.m.

Trimble True Value, 45 Trimble Crossing Drive, Durango at 11:30 a.m.

Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, Durango at noon

Silverton Post Office, 138 W 12th Street, Silverton at 2 p.m.

#416 Fire, June 14, 2018, 9:30 PM: A Red Flag Warning will be in place for Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. because of the chance of dry thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Today’s weather included isolated thunderstorms with only trace amounts of rain. Lightning strikes and wind gusts of 25-30 mph were experienced over the fire areas. 

Highway 550 will be open to escorted traffic on Friday, June 15 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. from mile marker 39.5 to 49.5. For up to date information on road closures visit www.cotrip.org.  As evacuations are anticipated to continue to change, it is best to check for up to date information on their status. Please contact the La Plata County Emergency Operations Center at 970-385-8700 or visit www.co.laplata.co.us.

#416 Fire, June 14, 2018, 1:30 PM: Scot Davis of Durango Fire & Rescue joins Rob Rawls on-air this afternoon at 2:30 for an update on the fires. Tune-in!

#416 Fire, June 14, 2018, 12 noon: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from 9 a.m. Saturday morning through midnight, for portions of southwest Colorado, including the Animas River Basin, Southwest San Juan Mountains, and the Hwy 550 corridor including Durango and Hermosa. This includes the burn areas from the 416 Fire and the Burro Fire.  Flash flooding due to heavy rainfall is possible, especially over burn scars and areas of steep terrain. 

Heavy rainfall over the burn scar area from the 416 Fire is of particular concern. Residents near this wildfire and along Hwy 550 corridor near Hermosa should prepare for potential flooding impacts.

#416 Fire, June 14, 2018, 11:45 AM:   Residents and businesses on the east side of Hwy 550 to the Animas River from Mead/Albrecht Lane north to Rockwood may also return to their homes and businesses. This includes The Ranch and Goodman subdivisions. In total, 375 residences and 19 businesses can re-enter beginning at noon. These residences and businesses will remain under pre-evacuation orders, and  will be subject to the limited opening hours of Hwy 550, which will close Thursday at 8 p.m. The highway is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with law enforcement escort.

In order to enter these areas, residents must show their RapidTag credentials, which are available at Trimble Crossing at the intersection of U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane and at the highway’s northern closure point at mile marker 49.5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

#416 Fire, June 13, 2018, 6:30 PM: Fire activity and firefighting operations on the 416 Fire has prompted a pre-evacuation notice for 163 residences and two businesses along the west side of County Road 203 from Trimble Lane south to its intersection with U.S. Highway 550. Additionally, 44 residences from the 1000 block of County Road 204 at Sailing Hawks, northwest to the Colorado Trail access are under pre-evacuation notice.

A CodeRED notification was sent to residents and businesses in the pre-evacuation area and law enforcement personnel began sharing the information door to door beginning at 6 p.m. San Juan Basin Public Health also has extensive resources to plan for evacuation and emergencies: https://sjbpublichealth.org/epr/

Burro Fire, June 13, 2018, 2:45 PM: The Dolores Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team, will hold a public meeting Thursday, June 14 at 6 PM at the Dolores Community Center, regarding the Burro Fire and the San Juan National Forest closures.

#416 Fire, June 13, 2018, 12:45 PM:  Tamarron, Glacier Club & Rockwood residents may return home beginning at 2 p.m. These subdivisions will remain under pre-evacuation orders, and residents will be subject to the limited opening hours of U.S. Highway 550, which will close Wednesday at 6 p.m. The highway is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with law enforcement escort.

Entrances to Rockwood, Tamarron and Glacier Club will be open to residents with credentials only, with law enforcement staffing those entrances. Law enforcement escorts for through traffic on U.S. Highway will continue during the re-entry period.

To receive emergency notifications, including evacuation and pre-evacuation notices, on your cell phone or via email: bit.ly/CodeRed_signup.

#416 Fire, June 13, 2018, 7:30 AM:  From the 416 Fire Facebook page this morning: new acreage is 27,420 and 15% contained. 1092 personnel working on the fire. No structures destroyed. Burro Fire is now at 2,829 acres.

#416 Fire, June 12, 2018, 7:15 PM:  Today's summary -  The 416 Fire was measured at 23,378 acres Tuesday morning and containment increased to 15%. There were 917 firefighters assigned to the fire. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders previously issued remain in effect or have expanded to mandatory evacuation. U.S. Highway 550 remained closed throughout the day and will not reopen tonight.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, 184 residences in San Juan County will be open for re-entry to residents with credentials only. These credentials will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at mile marker 64 on U.S. Highway 550 atop Molas Pass and at Trimble Crossing, which is at the intersection of Highway 550 and Trimble Lane. Credentials are also available Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., and Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, in Durango. A pre-evacuation order will remain in place for these 184 residences.

The highway will remain closed overnight at mile marker 32 on the south end at Cometti/Mead Lane and at mile marker 64 on the north side, at the top of Molas Pass. Beginning at noon on Wednesday, the northern closure point will move to mile marker 49.5 just north of Purgatory, and the road will reopen until 6 p.m. for law enforcement escorts to through traffic only through the 416 Fire area.

The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions Tuesday, effective immediately. See earlier posts below for details.   

#416 Fire, June 12, 2018, 5:30 PM:40 PM: Durango, Colorado Open Space and Trails are temporarily CLOSED due to the #416Fire. This means: Horse Gulch, Animas, Dalla, Overend, Twin Buttes, Lake Nighthorse, and the Dog Park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife are closing Smelter, Bodo and Perins. La Plata County Government is now at Stage III restrictions on open space and trails.

Currently Open: Three Springs trails and the #BLM Grandview trails including Sale Barn, Carbon, Cowboy. The Animas River trail remains open.

Trails 2000 will update their Trail Conditions report and provide options of nearby areas to recreate.

#416 Fire, June 12, 2018, 5:00 PM:  Residences in San Juan County that were evacuated due to the 416 Fire will be allowed re-entry beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Beginning at noon on Wednesday, U.S. Highway 550 will reopen to escorted traffic until 6 p.m.  The northern closure point will move from Molas Pass (mile marker 64) to mile marker 49.5 just north of Purgatory. As firefighters continue to make progress on the east side of the fire, additional re-entries will be evaluated in La Plata County.  Please contact the community hotline at (970)385-8700 if you have questions. Please follow @416fire and @LaPlataCounty on Facebook or @LaPlataCountyCO on Twitter for continual updates.

#416 Fire, June 12, 2018, 4:45 PM: To assist federal and local agencies during the current dangerous fire conditions and recently enacted public land closures, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has announced that some State Wildlife Areas in southwest Colorado are now closed to all public access. But in addition, several other water-based wildlife areas and two state parks remain open to the public.
 
In and near Durango the Bodo, Perins Peak, Haviland Lake, Devil Creek and Williams Creek state wildlife areas are closed until further notice. In Bayfield the Lion’s Club shooting range, managed by CPW, is also closed. West of Durango in Dolores and Montezuma Counties, Lone Dome and Fish Creek State Wildlife Areas are also closed.

The areas that are open include: Echo Canyon SWA in Archuleta County; Pastorious SWA in La Plata County; in Montezuma and Dolores counties -- Summit, Puett, Narraguinnep, Totten, Twin Spruce, Dolores River, Joe Moore and Ground Hog Reservoir state wildlife areas.
 
Also open are Navajo State Park in Archuleta County; and Mancos State Park in Montezuma County. Both parks offer campsites, hiking, fishing and other water recreation.

#416 Fire, June 12, 2018, 1:40 PM:  In the interest of public health, safety and welfare, the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions, effective immediately.  This action, which increases the level of fire restrictions in unincorporated areas of the county, was enacted as a result of the increasing fire danger and drought conditions that gave rise to the Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire conditions.  The 416 Fire, which ignited on June 1, has hundreds of firefighters assigned, a Type I Incident Management Team, and is still only 15% contained.  Resources are limited in the county with local fire department personnel being assigned to the 416 Fire.  Fuels are extremely dry and humidity is very low.  These Stage 3 measures that the public must take to help eliminate additional fire danger are vital for the safety and welfare of our County.

The La Plata County Sheriff, acting as Fire Marshal, and the Chiefs of the Durango Fire Protection District, Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, Los Pinos Fire Protection and Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District have recommend the imposition of Stage 3 fire closures and restrictions upon the land owned by La Plata County and in the unincorporated areas of La Plata County, excluding Federal and Tribal lands. The enactment of the Stage 3 closures/restrictions is also supported by the Forest Supervisor of the San Juan National Forest.

#416 Fire, June 12, 2018, 11:00 AM:  The 416 Fire is now at 23,378 acres, and 15% contained. The Burro Fire is at 2684 acres, no report on containment. A stage 3 fire restriction went into place today, June 12, at 12:01 a.m. for the entire San Juan National Forest. This means that all public access to the Forest, including trails and roads, is prohibited. https://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.  Hwy 550 is closed today from mile marker 32 to 64.

Hot and dry conditions are expected to continue for the next 24 hours. Evacuations are in place for several areas in the fire vicinity. For up to date information on evacuations, please contact La Plata County Emergency Operations Center at 970-385-8700, or visit www.co.laplata.co.us.

#416 Fire, June 11, 2018, 8:30 PM:  Today's recap from La Plata County, and more - The 416 Fire was measured at 22,131 acres Monday morning and containment held steady at 10%. There were 813 firefighters assigned to the fire. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders previously issued remain in effect or have expanded to mandatory evacuation. U.S. Highway 550 remained closed throughout the day and will not reopen tonight.

Credit courtesy of Andrew Papineau

  A pre-evacuation notice was sent Monday 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.  

Hwy 550 is closed at mile marker 32 on the south end at Cometti/Mead Lane and at mile marker 64 on the north side, at the top of Molas Pass, until further notice.

The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners will consider enacting Stage 3 fire restrictions at its regular business meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m., 1101 E. 2nd Ave., Durango.

Stage 3 Fire Restrictions to close San Juan National Forest: The San Juan National Forest (SJNF) is planning to implement Forest-wide Stage 3 fire closure this week, which will prohibit most entry into the forest.  The purpose of the closure is to protect natural resources and public safety due to the danger of wildland fire. Fire danger on the SJNF remains very high due to exceptional drought and fuel conditions.  The closure order is expected to be signed Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and remain in effect until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions.

#416 Fire, June 11, 2018, 1:30 PM:  Activity from the 416 Fire has prompted a pre-evacuation notice 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. 

A CodeRED notification was sent to residents and businesses in the pre-evacuation area and law enforcement personnel are sharing the information door to door.

For those who receive a pre-evacuation notice, the following steps can improve your safety and expedite departure should an evacuation become necessary. San Juan Basin Public Health also has extensive resources to plan for evacuation and emergencies: https://sjbpublichealth.org/epr/

#416 Fire, June 11, 2018, 10:45 AM:  The 416 Fire has grown to 22,130 acres and is 10% contained. Hwy 550 will remain closed today from mile markers 32 to 64. Smoke was heavy and low overnight. Firefighters anticipate another day of active fire behavior with very warm and dry conditions persisting across both fires. 

A reminder that La Plata County is working in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and recovery office to establish a Disaster Assistance Center for the citizens of La Plata County that have been impacted by the 416 Fire. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Tuesday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

 The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from many local and regional resources to help connect La Plata County community members who have been evacuated or whose employment has been affected by the 416 Fire with services or assistance. Organizations include Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, Region 9 Economic Development District, Durango Food Bank, Workforce Center, Durango Tourism Office, San Juan Basin Public Health, La Plata County Department of Human Services, Axis Health, Family Center, Manna Soup Kitchen, and the Red Cross. There will be additional Disaster Assistance Center dates scheduled over the coming weeks.

Please follow @416fire and @LaPlataCounty on Facebook or @LaPlataCountyCO on Twitter for continual updates. 

#416 Fire, June 11, 2018, 6:30 AM:  The Burro Fire, which was initially reported on the afternoon of June 8, has grown to over 1,000 acres and is 0% contained as of 6:00pm Sunday.  The fire is located in the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest approximately 14 miles south of Rico, CO.   There are approximately 130 personnel assigned to the fire, including 4 hand crews, 1 engine, 5 smoke jumpers, 1 ambulance and various overhead personnel.  The cause of this fire is under investigation.

The fire was active Sunday with torching and short crown runs.  This fire behavior, combined with Red Flag Warning weather conditions and steep, rugged terrain makes condition extremely hazardous to firefighters. Two bulldozers have been ordered and will be used to construct containment lines along the south and west sides of the fire.  Continued dry and warm weather is forecasted for the next several days.

The Type 1 Incident Management Team that is managing the nearby 416 Fire will assumed command of the Burro Fire at 6:00 am Monday, June 11.  A base will be established in Dolores, CO, to provide logistical support to firefighters working the Burro Fire.  Keep updated on this fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5834/

Stage 3 Fire Restrictions to close San Juan National Forest: The San Juan National Forest (SJNF) is planning to implement Forest-wide Stage 3 fire closure this week, which will prohibit most entry into the forest.  The purpose of the closure is to protect natural resources and public safety due to the danger of wildland fire. Fire danger on the SJNF remains very high due to exceptional drought and fuel conditions.  The closure order is expected to be signed Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and remain in effect until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions.

#416 Fire, June 10, 2018, 7:45 PM, today's recap: The 416 Fire was measured at 16,766 acres Sunday morning and containment held steady at 10%. There were 813 firefighters assigned to the fire. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders previously issued remain in effect or have expanded to mandatory evacuation.  

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Sunday morning for 859 residences in Purgatory/Durango Mountain Resort, Lake Purgatory, Silver Pick Lodge, Cascade Village, Mill Creek and all residences on both sides of U.S. Highway between mile markers 46.5 to 53.1.

U.S. Highway 550 closed at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday and will remain closed indefinitely. The highway is closed at mile marker 32 on the south end at Cometti/Mead Lane and at mile marker 64 on the north side, at the top of Molas Pass.

#416 Fire, June 10, 2018, 9:30 AM: The 416 Fire doubled in size Saturday, now at 16,765 acres, and 10% contained. 

A mandatory evacuation order was issued this morning for 675 residences in Purgatory/Durango Mountain Resort, Lake Purgatory, Silver Pick Lodge, Cascade Village, Mill Creek and all residences on both sides of U.S. Highway between mile markers 46.5 to 53.1.  Law enforcement officials began notifying residents door to door at 9:30 a.m., and a CodeRED notification has been sent to residents. Residents must evacuate the area as soon as possible.

U.S. Highway 550 will close indefinitely to through traffic from the San Juan County line to Cometti Lane at mile marker 32. Evacuees will be escorted through the closure zone. There is also a closure point at Silverton. 

Severe fire weather conditions are expected today, with higher winds. Firefighters expect another day of high fire activity. 

The Burro Fire is now 493 acres, 0% contained. 

#416 Fire, June 9, 2018, 8:30 PM: The latest from the team: 416 Fire was very active today as expected, generating a large plume of smoke visible throughout the region. Firefighters saw the most fire activity on the southwestern side, in the Hermosa Creek area in Divisions D and H.

Smoke was also very visible on the southern flank of the fire in Division A, where firefighters worked to bring fire down the slope to the road, using helicopters to help check the fire.

The north and east flanks of the fire were relatively quiet with little growth. Firefighters continued to strengthen fire lines and patrol. The fire remains on the west side of Highway 550.

Structure protection is in place for the entire fire area. The structure group will continue assessing and preparing structures in the unlikely event of direct impingement from the fire.

Public meeting: More than 350 people attended the public fire information meeting at the fairgrounds tonight.

Weather: Weather conditions are expected to be more severe tomorrow, with higher winds. Firefighters expect another day of high fire activity. Southwest to west winds will be strengthening across southwest Colorado this weekend ahead of a Pacific storm that will be tracking across the Northern Rockies. Humidity values in the single digits to low teens are predicted and wind gusts up to 25 mph. The Haines Index, which measures the stability and dryness of air over a fire, is 6 which is the highest most extreme value in the index. This indicates that there is a high potential for extreme fire behavior, intensity, and growth.

Closures and Public Safety: Highway 550 is closed from mile marker 32 to 47. Pilot cars are escorting traffic through the closure from 8 am to 6 pm daily. This status may change if fire or evacuation activities change. For up to date information on road closures visit www.cotrip.org. Evacuations are in place for several areas in the fire vicinity. For up to date information on the status of evacuations, please contact the La Plata County Emergency Operations Center at 970-385-8700 or visit www.co.laplata.co.us.

Update on Burro Fire: First reported on June 8th, near mile marker 34 on Hwy 145 is about 23 miles east of Durango. The fire has grown to approx 300 acres w/0% containment. No structures are threatened at this time. The sweeps of the trails are going well, with no issues and minimal contacts with anyone. 

#416 Fire, June 9, 2018, 1:30 PM: A mandatory evacuation order was issued this afternoon for residences in the Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions and for residences on the west side of County Road 203 between Trimble Lane and Cometti/Mead Lanes. Residences on the east side of County Road 203 east to the Animas River between Cometti/Mead/Albrecht Lanes south to Trimble Lane remain under pre-evacuation notice. Law enforcement officials began notifying residents door to door at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and a CodeRED notification has been sent to residents. Residents must evacuate the area as soon as possible.

  U.S. Highway 550 southbound will close indefinitely during the evacuation period while law enforcement officials notify evacuated residents door to door.

An evacuation center and shelter is open 24 hours a day at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, in Durango. Evacuated residents are asked to check in at the evacuation center to receive credentials for re-entry when conditions allow the evacuation order to be lifted.

Livestock can be evacuated to the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 2500 Main Avenue. The emergency call center at (970) 385-8700 can help coordinate pick-up of livestock. Small animals are being accepted at the La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 259-2847.

To receive emergency notifications, including evacuation and pre-evacuation notices, on your cell phone or via email: bit.ly/CodeRed_signup.  

#416 Fire, June 9, 2018, 1:15 PM:  Due to the Burro Fire, which started June 8 on the Dolores Ranger District, and the 416 Fire, which started June 1 on the Columbine Ranger District, the San Juan National Forest is implementing an area closure beginning immediately, June 9, 2018.  With on-going aerial firefighting operations and unknown future fire activity, the closure is necessary to protect public health and safety and provide for firefighter safety during fire operations. The two fires are about 13 miles apart on opposite sides of the Hermosa Creek watershed.

Prohibited areas: 1) Being within the area bounded by the Divide Road (FSR 564); Roaring Fork Road (FSR 435), Scotch Creek Road (FSR 550), Windy Gap Area Road (FSR 350). Spruce Mill Road (FSR351), Upper Hay Camp Area Road (FSR 556). 

2) Additionally, being on trails: Salt Creek Trail (559), Ryman Trail (735), Corral Draw Trail (521), the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to Junction Creek, and Upper Ryman Trail (735).

3) Additionally, being on roads: Divide Road (FSR 564), Roaring Fork Road (FSR 435), Scotch Creek Road (FSR 550) and Hotel Draw Road (550).

The closure prohibits all public entry into the closure area of the Forest. Campgrounds, trails and trailheads, and National Forest System roads will be closed. 

For more details, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ 

#416 Fire, June 9, 2018, 11:00 AM:  The 416 Fire has grown to 8,691 acres, 10% contained. 

A Community meeting will be held today at La Plata County Fairgrounds at 6 PM, doors open at 5:30. 

The Colorado Trail is now closed from Molas Lake to Durango. 

#416 Fire command has been transferred to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 1 Team. Big thanks to the Blue Team that's been here fighting the 416 Fire and helping to protect our communities. Welcome, and thanks in advance to the new team. 

Weather will be a concern this weekend as critical fire weather conditions are expected. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 10 PM.          

The Durango Food Bank is holding a food & supplies drive for #416Fire evacuees.  Drop items at the food bank, or at  Walmart today. Evacuees can pick up items at the food bank, 194 Bodo Drive, Suite C.

The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado is accepting donations for the Community Emergency Relief Fund. This fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in SW Colorado. these efforts will support local people and efforts related to 416 Fire. To donate to CERF, you can send a check to The Community Foundation, or donate online at www.swcommunityfoundation.org.

Information on the Burro Fire can be found @sanjuannf, and http://ksut.org/post/burro-fire-ignites-dolores-ranger-district-roads-and-trails-closed                

#416 Fire, June 8, 2018, 10:00 PM:  In related news, La Plata County is working in conjunction with Colorado Department of Local Affairs and recovery office to establish a Disaster Assistance Center for the citizens of La Plata County that have been impacted by the 416 Fire. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

The Disaster Assistance Center will have representatives from many local and regional resources to help connect La Plata County community members who have been evacuated or whose employment has been affected by the 416 Fire with services or assistance. Organizations include Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado, Region 9 Economic Development District, Durango Food Bank, Workforce Center, Durango Tourism Office, San Juan Basin Public Health, La Plata County Department of Human Services, Axis Health, Family Center, Manna Soup Kitchen, and the Red Cross. There will be additional Disaster Assistance Center dates scheduled over the coming weeks.

Please follow @416fire and @LaPlataCounty on Facebook or @LaPlataCountyCO on Twitter for continual updates. 

#416 Fire, June 8, 2018, 8:00 PM:   Here's a summary of today's 416 Fire info - The 416 Fire was measured at 7,180 acres Friday morning and containment held steady at 10%. There were 674 firefighters assigned to the fire. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders previously issued remain in effect or have expanded to mandatory evacuation. The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will take command of the fire at 6 a.m. Saturday. The team will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., in Durango.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Friday for 304 residences on the east and west sides of U.S. Highway 550 from Electra Lake Drive to Hermosa Cliffs Road and the north end of Two Dogs Trail. Law enforcement officials notified residents door to door beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, and a CodeRED notification was sent to residents.

U.S. Highway 550 closed Friday afternoon due to fire and firefighting activity in the 416 Fire area. The highway is scheduled to reopen from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting traffic through the closed area.  The limited opening is subject to change at any moment, with the potential for rapidly changing fire behavior. County Road 203 is closed north of Mead/Cometti Lane.

The fire was reported at 10:02 a.m. Friday, June 1 about 10 miles north of Durango on the west side of U.S. Highway 550. The Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team Blue assumed command of the 416 Fire at 6 a.m. Sunday.

In addition to the evacuation order issued Friday, residents from Mead/Cometti/Albrecht Lane west from the Animas River north to Electra Lake Road are under mandatory evacuation orders. This affects approximately 1,626 residential structures. County Road 250 north from Baker’s Bridge is open to local traffic only, in both directions. 

Pre-evacuation notices are in place for residents and businesses from Hermosa Cliffs View Drive north into San Juan County.  This includes Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, Cascade Village, Celadon, Red Tail Mountain Ranch, Elkhorn Mountain, neighborhoods and subdivisions. Additionally, pre-evacuation notices have been made for residences from Mead/Cometti/Albrecht Lane south to Trimble Lane west from the Animas River, including Falls Creek Ranch, Hidden Meadows, Dalton Ranch north of Trimble Lane, Durango Regency, Red Rock Range, Estancia, and the Cottonwoods neighborhoods and subdivisions.

A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for 34 residences in San Juan County, north of Cascade Village. This includes Cascade Creek Summer Homes, Mill Creek Lodge Estates, and all properties between mile markers 50 and 54 on U.S. Highway 550.

#416 Fire Update, June 8, 2018, 4:45 PM: A 416 Fire Community Meeting will take place Saturday, 6/9 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango at 6 PM. Doors open at 5:30. 

#416 Fire Update, June 8, 2018, 3:52 PM: Due to firefighting activity in the 416 Fire area, Hwy 550 is closed and will not reopen today. The plan is to reopen with law enforcement vehicles at 8 a.m. Saturday, subject to change based on fire behavior.

#416 Fire Update, June 8, 2018, 11:00 AM: A mandatory evacuation order was issued this morning for 304 residences on the east and west sides of U.S. Highway 550 from Electra Lake Drive north to Hermosa Cliffs Road and the north end of Two Dogs Trail. Law enforcement officials began notifying residents door to door at 10 a.m. Friday, and a CodeRED notification has been sent to residents. Residents must evacuate the area by 4 p.m. Friday.

  U.S. Highway 550 southbound will remain open Friday until 6 p.m. to through traffic only with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting convoys through the fire area.

#416 Fire Update, June 8, 2018, 9:00 AM: The burnout operation that took place overnight on the south side of the fire was successful. Crews performed burning operations until approximately midnight. The burnout areas extended to the railroad line on the southeast side. Hand crews constructed check lines to help slow the fire. Crews, engines, and air support worked to prevent the fire from spreading towards structures. Aircraft dropped retardant on the south ridge and this tactic proved effective at delaying spread to lower areas. No structures have been lost. Increased acreage figures reflect both burnout activity and natural fire growth.

The east perimeter along 550 showed less activity last night. Crews are mopping up and watching for any hot spots. 

Aerial operations on the north side are creating a larger burnout area to serve as a barrier should the fire spread in this direction from the southwest. Crews are also focusing on structure protection. Further north and ahead of the fire, managers are forming strategies in the event of fire growth, and more equipment and resources will be arriving today. 

On the west, the fire has crossed Hermosa Creek Trail. Topography in this area is steep, but hand crews have constructed a hand line stretching from the campground southeast to the road. Aircraft are the main source of surveillance and control in this difficult terrain. 

Wind today will be calmer than in previous days. Fire weather potential is high today with temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s and low relative humidity.

Air resources now consist of four type 1 helicopters, and two type 3 helicopters. Fixed wing aircraft are also being used for retardant drops.

Steps are in place for the smooth transfer of command from the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 1 Team. The new team will take command at 6:00 AM Saturday monring. 

#416 Fire Update, June 7, 2018, 5:00 PM: The 416 Fire was measured at 5,103 acres Thursday morning and containment held steady at 10%. There were 617 firefighters assigned to the fire. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders issued Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday remain in effect or have expanded to mandatory evacuation. The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team is assembling in the area to take command of the fire.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued Thursday for 497 residences in the Hermosa area north from Cometti/Mead Lane to the intersection of County Road 250C and U.S. Highway 550.

U.S. Highway 550 is scheduled to reopen from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting through-traffic through the closed area.  The limited opening is subject to change at any moment, with the potential for rapidly changing fire behavior.
 

#416 Fire Update, June 7, 2018, 3:20 PM: The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a dense smoke advisory in effect from 8 PM this evening to 10 AM Friday for: Durango, Silverton and the Hwy 550 corridor south of Red Mountain Pass, as well as areas along Hwy 160 between west Durango and Bayfield. Visibility may be one quarter mile or less. The greatest risk for dense smoke will occur between midnight and 8 AM on Friday morning. People, especially those with respitory illnesses, heart disease, the elderly, and children are recommended to stay indoors and avoid prolonged outdoor exercise or heavy exertion due to dense smoke.

#416 Fire Update, June 7, 2018, 2:00 PM: A reminder, Scot Davis, the Community Education Coordinator for Durango Fire and Rescue, will be on KSUT this afternoon at 2:30 with the latest update on the 416 Fire, and other important fire information. 

#416 Fire Update, June 7, 2018, 11:55 AM: Hwy 550 reopened from noon until 6 PM today, but it could close at any time based on weather and fire conditions.

#416 Fire Update, June 7, 2018, 10:35 AM: The 416 Fire has grown to 5,103 acres and is 10% contained.

#416 Fire Update, June 7, 2018, 9:20 AM: The 416 Fire’s path in the Hermosa Creek drainage has prompted a pre-evacuation notice for 751 residences from Mead/Cometti/Albrecht Lane south to Trimble Lane west from the Animas River to include Falls Creek Ranch, Hidden Meadows, Dalton Ranch north of Trimble Lane, Durango Regency

A CodeRED notification was sent to residents and businesses in the pre-evacuation area and law enforcement personnel are sharing the information door to door.

For those who receive a pre-evacuation notice, the following steps can improve your safety and expedite departure should an evacuation become necessary. San Juan Basin Public Health also has extensive resources to plan for evacuation and emergencies: https://sjbpublichealth.org/epr/

To receive emergency notifications, including evacuation and pre-evacuation notices, on your cell phone or via email: bit.ly/CodeRed_signup.
 
#416 Fire Update, June 6, 2018, 10:15 PM:  A mandatory evacuation will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday 6/7  for residences in the pre-evacuated Hermosa area north from Cometti/Mead Lane to the intersection of County Road 250C and U.S. Highway 550. Residents may stay tonight, but will be evacuated in the morning. Law enforcement officials will be notifying residents door to door beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, and a CodeRED notification has been sent to residents.

U.S. Highway 550 north will remain closed Thursday until evacuations are complete. The southern road block for the highway closure area will move to the 32.2 mile marker.

An evacuation center and shelter is open 24 hours a day at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, in Durango. Evacuated residents are asked to check in at the evacuation center to receive credentials for re-entry when conditions allow the evacuation order to be lifted.

#416 Fire Update, June 6, 2018, 8:30 PM:  The 416 Fire was measured at 4,015 acres and containment held steady at 10%.  There were 598 firefighters assigned to the fire. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders issued Friday and Sunday remain in effect.  The Rocky Mountain Region Type 1 Incident Management Team is assembling in the area to take command of the fire ay 6 a.m Saturday.

U.S. Highway 550 is scheduled to reopen from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting through-traffic through the closed area.  The limited opening is subject to change at any moment depending on the potential for rapidly changing fire behavior.On Wednesday, a pre-evacuation notice was issued for 34 residences in San Juan County, north of Cascade Village. This includes Cascade Creek Summer Homes, Mill Creek Lodge Estates, and all properties between mile markers 50 and 54 on U.S. Highway 550.

The fire was reported at 10:02 a.m. Friday, June 1 about 10 miles north of Durango on the west side of U.S. Highway 550. The Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team Blue assumed command of the 416 Fire at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Residents from Baker’s Bridge at County Road 250 north to Electra Lake Road are under mandatory evacuation orders. This affects approximately 825 residential structures. County Road 250 north from Baker’s Bridge is open to local traffic only, in both directions. 

Pre-evacuation notices are in place for residents from the north Hermosa area on both sides of U.S. Highway 550 north to the intersection with County Road 250, and including County Roads 201, 202 and 203 north from Mead Lane. This includes the The Ranch, Goodman, Pine Acres and Animas Village developments.  

In addition, residents and businesses from Electra Lake Road north to Meadow View Drive are under pre-evacuation notice.  This includes residents on Electra Lake Road, Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, Cascade Village, Celadon, Red Tail Mountain Ranch, Elkhorn Mountain, Pine Acres, and Animas Village neighborhoods and subdivisions. This affects approximately 1,373 residential and commercial structures in La Plata and San Juan counties.

The Red Cross shelter is open 24 hours a day with residential credentialing available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Durango at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane. A second evacuation check-in site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Silverton Town Hall, 1360 Greene Street in Silverton. Those affected by evacuations must check in at an evacuation site or community meeting to receive resident credentials. This is crucial for preparedness, identifying and securing resources for evacuees and for their properties, and for return access when fire conditions become safe. 

For those who received a pre-evacuation notice, the following steps can improve your safety and expedite departure should an evacuation become necessary. San Juan Basin Public Health also has extensive resources to plan for evacuation and emergencies: https://sjbpublichealth.org/epr/.

Please sign up to receive emergency notifications, including evacuation and pre-evacuation notices, on your cell phone or via email: bit.ly/CodeRed_signup.

Please follow @416fire and @LaPlataCounty on Facebook or @LaPlataCountyCO on Twitter for continual updates.

#416 Fire Update, June 6, 2018, 5 PM: 416 Fire Command will transfer to Rocky Mountain Region Type 1 Incident Management Team later this week. The Team is assembling now.

#416 Fire Update, June 6, 2018, 12 noon: San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad has issued pre-evacuation notices to 34 additional homes in San Juan County, CO north of the 416 Fire. Previously, only homes in Cascade Village were placed on pre-evacuation notice in San Juan County. All properties between mile markers 50 to 54 on Hwy 550, and all of the following roads are on pre-evacuation notice: Lime Creek Road (CR 1), Cascade Creek Road (CR 27), Macfiretree Lane, Spud Circle, and Mill Creek Lane.

#416 Fire Update, June 6, 2018, 10:30 AM: As of 11 pm last night, the 416 Fire measured 4,015 acres and 10% contained. 598 firefighters are assigned. We're awating a full update from the fire team soon.

Please note, the venue for tonight's community meeting in Silverton has been changed to the school gym at 12th and Reese, at 6 PM.

#416 Fire Update, June 5, 2018, 8:00 PM: Final update for today - As of Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the 416 Fire was measured at approximately 2,933 acres and containment held steady at 10%.  

Today at 3:30 p.m., due to the 416 Fire’s path in the Hermosa Creek drainage, another pre-evacuation notice was issued for an additional 252 residences on the east side of U.S. Highway 550, east to the Animas River from Mead/Albrecht Lane north to Baker’s Bridge.  This includes the Ranch and Goodman subdivisions.  The evacuation center at Escalante Middle School has 24-hour shelter capacity with arrangements for food and showers.

The closure area for U.S. Highway 550 was modified slightly with the south closure point moved almost 2 miles to the north to milepost 37.2 to better streamline access and resources.  The northern end of the closure is still at milepost 43.5 and the highway will remain closed overnight. The highway is scheduled to reopen from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, with a law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting through-traffic through the closed area.  The limited opening is subject to change at any moment depending on the potential for rapidly changing fire behavior. 

The Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team held a community meeting on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m. at Animas Valley Elementary School and another meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Durango.  On Wednesday, June 6, there will be a community meeting in Silverton at 6 p.m at Town Hall at 1360 Greene St. The community meeting will have public health representatives available to answer questions, La Plata County CodeRED emergency alert registration available and registration for credentials available for evacuees.

Residents from Baker’s Bridge at County Road 250 north to Electra Lake Road are under mandatory evacuation orders. This affects approximately 825 residential structures. County Road 250 north from Baker’s Bridge is open to local traffic only both directions. 

Pre-evacuation notices are in place for residents from the north Hermosa area on the both sides of U.S. Highway 550 north to the intersection with County Road 250, and including County Roads 201, 202 and 203 north from Mead Lane. This includes the The Ranch, Goodman, Pine Acres and Animas Village developments.  In addition, residents and businesses from Electra Lake Road north to Meadow View Drive are under pre-evacuation notice.  This includes residents on Electra Lake Road, Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, Cascade Village, Celadon, Red Tail Mountain Ranch, Elkhorn Mountain, Pine Acres, and Animas Village neighborhoods and subdivisions. This affects approximately 1,273 residential and commercial structures.

Please sign up to receive emergency notifications, including evacuation and pre-evacuation notices, on your cell phone or via email: bit.ly/CodeRed_signup.

Please follow @416fire and @LaPlataCounty on Facebook or @LaPlataCountyCO on Twitter for continual updates. 

#416 Fire Update, June 5, 2018, 5:06 PM: Tonight's community meetings are being broadcast on Facebook Live courtesy of La Plata County Government. The first at Animas Valley Elementary School in Hermosa at 5 PM. The second will be at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Durango at 7 PM.

#416 Fire Update, June 5, 2018, 3:45 PM: The 416 Fire’s path in the Hermosa Creek drainage has prompted a pre-evacuation notice for 252 residences on the east side of U.S. Highway 550 west to the Animas River from Mead/Albrecht Lane north to Baker’s Bridge. This includes the Ranch and Goodman subdivisions.

A CodeRED notification was sent to residents and businesses in the pre-evacuation area and law enforcement personnel are sharing the information door to door.

For those who receive a pre-evacuation notice, the following steps can improve your safety and expedite departure should an evacuation become necessary. San Juan Basin Public Health also has extensive resources to plan for evacuation and emergencies: https://sjbpublichealth.org/epr/

Inside the house:
    •    Gather medications
    •    Pack a bag with clothing and essentials
    •    Shut off air conditioning and fans
    •    Shut all windows and doors before leaving
    •    If you have time, gather paperwork and photographs that cannot be replaced

Outside the house:
    •    Gather flammable items and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.)
    •    Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
    •    Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters.
    •    Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
    •    Don’t leave sprinklers or water running; this can affect critical water pressure
    •    Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
    •    Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.

Animals:
    •    Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
    •    Prepare livestock for transport and plan to move them to a safe location early
    •    Pack food and medications for your pets

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Two community meetings will be held this evening. The first at Animas Valley Elementary School in Hermosa at 5 PM. The second will be at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Durango at 7 PM. An additional meeting will be held at Silverton Town Hall tomorrow at 6 PM.

#416 Fire Update, June 5, 2018, 2:00 PM: The road closure point on US 550 at the southern end of the restricted area has moved about two miles north to the northern intersection of La Plata County Road (CR) 250, approximately mile point (MP) 37.2. The relocation of this manned barricade will allow for better access for firefighting resources as well as better public access of the lower CR 250. The north end closure point remains at Electra Lake at approximately MP 43.5.

It is anticipated the highway will be temporarily opened tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Motorists are advised that if fire activity increases, US 550 could close again at any time.

The Hermosa Creek watershed is closed. Haviland Lake and Chris Park are also closed.

#416 Fire Update, June 5, 2018, 10 AM: The fire has grown in size to 2,993 acres with containment holding at 10%. As predicted, the 416 Fire burned actively last night. Firefighters are being challenged by increased fire behavior so efforts are being stepped up to provide protection to homes and other structures. Another day of hot, dry conditions is expected. Hwy 550 will be open until 6 PM unless conditions change.

Two community meetings will be held this evening. The first at Animas Valley Elementary School in Hermosa at 5 PM. The second will be at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Durango at 7 PM. An additional meeting will be held at Silverton Town Hall tomorrow at 6 PM.

#416 Fire Update, June 4, 2018, 6 PM: Final update for today - As of Monday at 10:00 a.m., the 416 Fire was measured at approximately 2,402 acres and was 10% contained. More than 20 aircraft and 384 firefighters were assigned to the fire as of Monday. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders issued Friday remain in effect as well as the pre-evacuation for additional homes and businesses in north Hermosa area on Sunday at 6 p.m. The evacuation center at Escalante Middle School will now have 24-hour shelter capacity with arrangements for food and showers.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., shifting wind and heavy smoke prompted the full re-closure of U.S. Highway 550 between mileposts 35.5 and 43.5 and will remain closed overnight. The highway is scheduled to reopen from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, but that is subject to change at any moment depending on the potential for rapidly changing fire behavior.

The fire was reported at 10:02 a.m. Friday, June 1 about 10 miles north of Durango on the west side of U.S. Highway 550. The Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team Blue assumed command of the 416 Fire at 6:00 a.m. Sunday.

The Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team has community meetings planned for Durango and Silverton. The first will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Animas Valley Elementary School at 373 Hermosa Meadows Road in Hermosa. The second meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 2500 Main Ave in Durango. The Silverton meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall at 1360 Greene St. Each of these community meetings will have public health representatives available to answer questions, La Plata County CodeRED emergency alert registration available and registration for credentials available for evacuees.

Residents from Baker’s Bridge at County Road 250 north to Electra Lake Road are under mandatory evacuation orders. This affects approximately 825 residential structures. County Road 250 north from Baker’s Bridge is open to local traffic only both directions. 

Pre-evacuation notices are in place for residents from the north Hermosa area on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 north to the intersection with County Road 250.  In addition, residents and businesses from Electra Lake Road north to Meadow View Drive are under pre-evacuation notice.  This includes Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, Cascade Village, Celadon, Red Tail Mountain Ranch, Elkhorn Mountain, Pine Acres, and Animas Village neighborhoods and subdivisions. This affects approximately 1,021 residential structures and commercial.

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#416 Fire Update, June 4, 2018, 3 PM: US Hwy 550 is closed as a result of heavy smoke in the area of the 416 Fire, and will not reopen today. The closure is between mile markers 34 and 48. Firefighters are focusing on protecting homes on the southern end of the fire in Hermosa. 

#416 Fire Update, June 4, 2018, 9 AM: Fire growth is only 147 acres more than yesterday, now measuring 2,402 acres. 

#416 Fire Update, June 3, 2018, 7:45 PM: One lane of U.S. Highway 550 will be open on Monday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting through-traffic through the closed area from mile markers 35.5 to 43.5.  If fire activity increases, U.S. Highway 550 could close again at any time.  Motorists must leave Silverton no later than 5:15 p.m. in order to make it through the road closure.

#416 Fire Update, June 3, 2018, 6:15 PM: The 416 Fire’s path into the Hermosa Creek drainage has prompted a pre-evacuation notice for 261 homes and businesses from Mead Lane, known locally as Cometti Lane, in Hermosa north along County Roads 201, 202 and 203. The pre-evacuation area extends north along the west side of U.S. Highway 550 to its intersection with County Road 250. This includes the Pine Acres and Whispering Pines developments.

A CodeRED notification was sent to residents and businesses in the pre-evacuation area and law enforcement personnel are sharing the information door to door.

#416 Fire Update, June 3, 2018, 10:15 AM: With cooperation from the 416 Fire incident management team, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation and Durango Police Department, U.S. Highway 550 north will reopen from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. This will be a limited opening with law enforcement escorting vehicles through the closed area from mile markers 35.5 to 43.5.

If fire activity increases, U.S. Highway 550 could close again at any time.

All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders remain in place and no vehicle access will be allowed to evacuated subdivisions and homes.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane with law enforcement pilot vehicles escorting motorists through the 416 Fire area. There is active firefighting activity and equipment in the area. Please use caution to ensure firefighter safety.

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 #416 Fire Update, June 3, 2018, 10 AM: 

Currently the 416 Fire is 2,250 acres and 10% contained, located 10 miles north of Durango, on the west side of Highway 550, and has not crossed the highway. Moderate fire behavior is expected today with possible stormy weather moving through. This storm could produce rain, dry lightning, and gusty winds. Today, crews will focus their work along the Hwy 550 corridor and on the southern end of the fire.

The Rocky Mountain Incident Managment Type 2 Blue Team, Jay Esperance Incident Commander, began managing #416Fire on behalf of San Juan National Forest and La Plata County as of 6:00 AM this morning, Sunday, June 3.

Update for 416 Fire Information:
Phone: (970)403-5326
Email: 416Fire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: 416 Fire
Twitter: @SanJuanNF
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822/

An Air Quality Health Advisory remains in effect for areas of southwest Colorado. Moderate to heavy smoke from the 416 Fire, located 10 miles to the north of Durango, will move toward the north during the morning hours on Sunday, shifting to move in a west to northwest direction throughout the day and through Sunday evening. #416Fire

For additional information go to: http://sjbpublichealth.org/416-fire-updates/

 #416 Fire Update, June 2, 2018, 6:40 PM: The 416 Fire was measured at approximately 1,974 acres as of 6 p.m. Saturday and is 10% contained. U.S. Highway 550 remains closed between mile markers 35.5 and 43.5. All evacuation and pre-evacuation orders issued Friday remain in effect.

Wind and weather conditions on Saturday helped to limit physical growth of the fire, with 3-5 mph winds and gusts up to 10 mph. Ground crews worked to keep the fire on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 and air resources attacked the fire throughout the day. Air and ground crews will work as late into the evening as is safe and functional and the team will patrol the fire throughout the evening. Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team Blue will assume command of the fire at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad suspended all coal-fired steam passenger service through at least June 10 “to ensure guest and employee safety during the containment of the 416 Fire.”

#416 Fire Update, June 2, 2018, 2:19 PM: 416 Fire was measured at approximately 1,973 acres as of 11 a.m. this morning. Highway 550 remains closed between mile markers 35.5 and 48, and CR 250 is open for local traffic only. 

The Durango Interagency Type III Incident Management Team is in command of the 416 Fire. Richard Gustafson is the incident commander. There are at least 20 air resources working on the fire, including single engine and heavy tankers and type 1 and 2 helicopters, 14 engines, 4 hotshot crews, multiple Type 2 initial attack crews, and a water tender. More than 200 personnel are assigned to the fire.  

A reminder that an evacuation center is open at Escalante Middle School at 141 Baker Lane in Durango from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. A second evacuation check-in site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Silverton Visitor Center, 414 Greene St., in Silverton. The Red Cross, (800)417-0495, can arrange sheltering for those who need it. Evacuees are asked to check in either at Escalante Middle School or at Silverton Visitor Center to receive resident credentials. These will be necessary for re-entry following the 416 Fire’s resolution. 

While fire and support teams greatly appreciate community support, all food and equipment needs are met at this time and the interagency effort cannot accept additional donations. The Discover Goodwill of Durango, 1230 Escalante Drive, can accept clothes and household donations. Financial donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado at (970) 375-5807, in the name of the Community Emergency Relief Fund.

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#416 Fire Update, June 2, 2018, 12 noon:  An Air Quality Health Advisory has been issued for La Plata and Southern San Juan Counties, and will remain in effect until tomorrow 6/3 at 9:00 am. 

Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke from the #416fire for portions of SW Colorado, including Durango, Rockwood and Hermosa. Expect moderate to heavy smoke throughout the day on Saturday.

https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

#416 Fire Update, June 2, 2018, 10:15 AM:  The fire is estimated at 1,500 acres and 0 percent contained. A type III federal interagency team took over command of the fire Friday evening and continued to fight the fire overnight. A type II incident team is assembling and is expected to take over the fire Sunday morning. Resources include four heavy tankers, one SEAT, 1 VLAT, two type 2 Helicopters, 2 type 1 Helicopters, 12 engines, five firefighting crew and three hotshot crews.

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#416 Fire Update, June 2, 2018, 9:45 AM: #416 fire evacuations and pre-evacuations remain in effect this morning. Evacuated residents need to check in at Escalante Middle School in Durango, or the Silverton Visitor Center to get credentials. Even if you're staying with friends, you'll need to do this. It will expedite the re-entry process when the fire is resolved.

#416 Fire Update, June 2, 2018, 8:45 AM:
The 416 Fire cooled down a little overnight and assisted with the firefighting efforts. Firefighters remained on the line overnight, attacking spot fires to protect the threatened structures and neighborhoods.

The 416 Fire was called in at 10:02 AM. The fire is approximately 10 miles North of Durango, CO. Current acreage is estimated to be 1100 acres. The fire started in the right of way on the west side of State Highway 550 and is now on the San Juan National Forest.

Today’s operations will focus on protecting neighborhoods and threatened infrastructure and quickly extinguishing any spot fires. Firefighters will work along U.S. Highway 550 to keep the fire from crossing the highway. U.S. Highway 550 remains closed between mile markers 34 and 48. County Road 250 is open to local traffic only from Baker's Bridge north.

#416 Fire Update, June 1, 2018, 8:45 PM: Winds are diminishing, fire behavior is calming, and the #416 Fire has grown to approximately 1,100 acres as of 7:30 p.m. Friday. The fire was reported at 10:02 a.m. Friday about 10 miles north of Durango on the west side of U.S. Highway 550. U.S. Highway 550 will remain closed overnight between mile markers 35.5 and 48.

Fire crews from U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Durango Fire Protection District and Upper Pine Fire Protection District are on scene, along with 15 air resources including single engine and heavy tankers, and multiple helicopters, with more resources on order.  

Residents from Baker’s Bridge at County Road 250 north to Electra Lake Road are under mandatory evacuation orders. This affects approximately 825 residential structures. Residents from north Electra Lake to Meadow View Drive are under pre-evacuation notice. This includes Purgatory, Durango Mountain Resort, Cascade Village, Celadon, Red Tail Mountain Ranch, and Elkhorn Mountain subdivisions. This affects approximately 760 residential structures. County Road 250 north from Baker’s Bridge is open to local traffic only both directions.

An evacuation center is open at Escalante Middle School at 141 Baker Lane in Durango; a second evacuation site will open at the Silverton School, 1160 Snowden St., in Silverton.

Evacuees are asked to check in either at Escalante Middle School or at Silverton Visitor Center, 414 Greene St., in Silverton, to receive resident credentials. These will be necessary for re-entry following the 416 Fire’s resolution. 

#416 Fire Update, June 1, 2018, 6:30 PM: 

Credit Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Shifting winds in the #416 Fire area have prompted an evacuation from the Electra Lake area south to Baker’s Bridge. Evacuees need to head north on U.S. Highway 550. An evacuation center is open at Escalante Middle School at 141 Baker Lane in Durango; a second evacuation site will open at the Silverton School, 1160 Snowden St., in Silverton.

Evacuees are asked to check in either at Escalante Middle School or at Silverton Visitor Center, 414 Greene St., in Silverton, to receive resident credentials. These will be necessary for re-entry following the #416 Fire’s resolution. 

At least 500 homes have been evacuated as a result of the fire which began Friday morning approximately 10 miles north of Durango on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 north. U.S. Highway 550 remains closed between mile markers 34 and 48. County Road 250 is closed to north and southbound traffic.

A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for north Electra Lake to Meadow View Drive, including Purgatory and Durango Mountain Resort, and Cascade Village. Also under pre-evacuation orders are Red Tail Mountain Ranch, Celedon and Elkhorn Mountain subdivisions.

Livestock can be evacuated to the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 2500 Main Avenue. The emergency call center at (970) 385-8700 can help coordinate pick-up of livestock. Small animals are being accepted at the La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango (970) 259-2847.

The Discover Goodwill of Durango, 1230 Escalante Drive, is now accepting clothes and household donations. Financial donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado at (970) 375-5807, in the name of the Community Emergency Relief Fund.

The La Plata County Facebook page is a great resource to find out the latest information about the #461 Fire. Also, KSUT's, Durango Herald, San Juan National Forest and San Juan Basin Health Department's Facebook pages. 

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