Durango Fire and Rescue responded to a blaze west of Durango, off Lightner Creek Road, on County Road 208 at approximately 12:15 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2012. The fire is burning on private land and the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area. The fire has burned approximately 80 acres as of about 3 p.m. from winds pushing the fire west. Durango Fire Chief Dan Noonan said over 20 fire engines responded to the blaze, and air support has been diverted from the Weber Fire. A pre-evacuation notice was issued for residents on County Road 207 and 208. The Lightner Creek Fire started by lightning about 1.5 mi up from the junction of County Roads 207 (Lightner Creek)/208 (Dry Fork). Two helicopters and a single engine airtanker are working to keep the fire from spreading uphill. A slurry line at the top was holding well as of 3 p.m., but growth of the fire had occurred at mid slope and to the north. The pre-evacuation orders impacted about 60 homes on CR 207/208. Durango Zone Interagency Type III Team on scene, engines from Durango Fire and Rescue, Upper Pine and Fort Lewis Mesa. CR 207/208 were closed to reduce congestion, but had reopened as of 5 pm. We will have more information on this fire as it becomes available.
Lightner Creek Wildfire
By Bruce Campbell • Jun 27, 2012