Lightner Creek Fire 20 percent contained as spread stalls

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Lightner Creek Fire 20 percent contained as spread stalls

Outlook good for firefighters to get upper hand on blaze
The Lightner Creek Fire burned this hillside Thursday near County Road 207 west of Durango.
An air tanker drops a load of retardant Thursday on the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango.
Logs continue to burn Thursday in the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango.
The map shows the general fire boundaries of the Lightner Creek Fire, which started at a house in the smaller area. A spot fire started west of Perins Peak and had grown to about 200 acres as of Thursday morning, officials said.
A bulldozer works an old road for access Thursday as firefighters battle the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango.
To help

The evacuation center at Escalante Middle School does not need any more donations at this time, officials said Thursday afternoon.
Financial donations can be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can do that by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, visiting RedCross.org, or by texting the word redcross to 90999. The text will generate a $10 donation that will show up on your phone bill.
The La Plata County Humane Society needs dog bowls and toys for animals that were evacuated. It has plenty of crates and food. Many of the animals have been taken to the Humane Society. You can donate at 1111 South Camino del Rio. Horses are being housed at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Smoke precautions

San Juan Basin Public Health Department advises that smoke from the fire may cause problems for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity; people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
Other tips to protect yourself:
Close windows and doors and stay inside. However, do not close up your home tightly if it makes it dangerously warm inside.
Only if they are filtered, run the air conditioning, your evaporative cooler, or the fan feature on your home heating system (with the heat turned off). Keep the outdoor air intake closed and be sure the filter is clean. Filtered air typically has less smoke than the air outdoors. Running these appliances if they are not filtered can make indoor smoke worse.
As temperatures cool in the evening, inversion conditions worsen and smoke in low lying areas may become thicker, especially if the outdoor air is still. It tends to be worst near dawn.
Close bedroom windows at night.
To prepare for nighttime smoke, consider airing out your home in early to mid afternoon when smoke tends to be more diluted. Use your best judgment. If smoke is thick during the day, follow the tips above.

Lightner Creek Fire 20 percent contained as spread stalls

The Lightner Creek Fire burned this hillside Thursday near County Road 207 west of Durango.
An air tanker drops a load of retardant Thursday on the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango.
Logs continue to burn Thursday in the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango.
The map shows the general fire boundaries of the Lightner Creek Fire, which started at a house in the smaller area. A spot fire started west of Perins Peak and had grown to about 200 acres as of Thursday morning, officials said.
A bulldozer works an old road for access Thursday as firefighters battle the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango.
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