Firefighters gain ground on 416 Fire

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Firefighters gain ground on 416 Fire

Air attack, favorable weather conditions help achieve 10 percent containment
A Chinook helicopter empties its bucket of water Saturday on the 416 Fire north of Durango. The fire was 1,974 acres in size and 10 percent contained Saturday evening.

Firefighters gain ground on 416 Fire

A Chinook helicopter empties its bucket of water Saturday on the 416 Fire north of Durango. The fire was 1,974 acres in size and 10 percent contained Saturday evening.
What you need to know

EvacuationsResidents from Bakers Bridge at County Road 250 north to Electra Lake are under mandatory evacuation orders.
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.
An evacuation center is open at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango; it is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A second evacuation site is 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, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to receive resident credentials. These will be necessary for re-entry after the 416 Fire’s resolution.
Help with animalsLivestock 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.
AccommodationsThe Red Cross can arrange shelter for those who need it. Call (800) 417-0495.
DonationsTo donate clothes and household donations, go to Discover Goodwill, 1230 Escalante Drive. To make a financial donation, call the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado at (970) 375-5807 in the name of the Community Emergency Relief Fund.
TravelU.S. Highway 550 remains closed just north of Hermosa around Honeyville to just south of Purgatory. All traffic should take different routes west, including Highway 145 Lizard Head Pass: Highway 62 Ridgway to Placerville; Highway 145 Placerville to Dolores; Highway 184 Dolores to Mancos; Highway 160 Mancos to Durango.
WebcamsTo get a view from various webcams around the area, visit
Official informationThe fire information hotline is (970) 385-8700.The fire is now recorded and being updated on InciWeb, an interagency incident information management system. According to InciWeb, 149 personnel are working on the fire.Air qualityThe Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment has issued an air-quality health advisory for wildfire smoke for portions Southwest Colorado until 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
Winds were expected to turn calm overnight Saturday. As the winds calm, smoke could drain south along the Animas River and produce moderate to heavy smoke overnight through Sunday morning in more populated areas including Hermosa and Durango.
If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
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. To limit exposure:
Close bedroom windows at night.Prepare for nighttime smoke by airing out your home during the early or middle of the afternoon when smoke tends to be more diluted. Use your best judgment. If smoke is thick during the day, follow the tips above.MailThe fire is affecting about 540 homes that the United States Postal Service delivers to. Mail is being held at the post office, 222 W. Eighth St. If you need medications or other important items that are in the mail, go to the post office to pick them up. You must have your identification.

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