Wildfire burns 1,100 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

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Wildfire burns 1,100 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

County declares ‘state of local disaster’
The 416 Fire burned more than 1,000 acres in nine hours Friday north of Durango. Erratic winds were a challenge for firefighters who were trying to keep the blaze on the west side of U.S. Highway 550, which was closed to traffic. Up to 15 aircraft were fighting the fire.
What you need to know

Evacuated areasIron Gate subdivisionElectra Lake areaChris ParkHaviland LakeBetween Bakers Bridge and Electra Lake RoadGlacier ClubTamarron subdivisionOn pre-evacuation noticeNorth Electra Lake to Meadow View Drive Purgatory and Durango Mountain Resort Cascade VillageTail Mountain Ranch subdivisionCeladon subdivision Elkhorn Mountain subdivision ClosuresU.S. Highway 550 is closed until Saturday morning, the situation will be re-evaluated at that time.Purgatory is closed for Saturday activities.Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad operations are closed Saturday.Community resourcesLa Plata County government hotline for residents evacuating: (970) 385-8700.Livestock can be evacuated to La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will assist with horse and livestock evacuations, call (570) 228-1340.Small animals can be evacuated to La Plata County Humane Society, 111 South Camino del Rio.Donations of clothing and household items accepted at Discover Goodwill of Durango, 1230 Escalante Drive.Financial donations can be made to the Community Emergency Relief Fund by calling (970) 375-5807.Tips for pre-evacuationFor people who received a pre-evacuation notice, these steps can improve their safety and expedite departure should an evacuation become necessary.
Inside the houseGather 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 houseGather flammable items and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.).Move propane barbecue 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.AnimalsLocate 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.InsuranceTake pictures of the interior of your house to remember and document personal possessions.Determine what is sentimental and can’t be replaced.

Wildfire burns 1,100 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

The 416 Fire burned more than 1,000 acres in nine hours Friday north of Durango. Erratic winds were a challenge for firefighters who were trying to keep the blaze on the west side of U.S. Highway 550, which was closed to traffic. Up to 15 aircraft were fighting the fire.

Wildfire burns 1,100 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

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