Nearly 500 homes evacuated in Hermosa area; more pre-evacuations issued

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Nearly 500 homes evacuated in Hermosa area; more pre-evacuations issued

416 Fire grows to 5,103 acres, 10 percent contained
The Snake River Hot Shots make they way through Animas Village Apartments near Hermosa to work the 416 Fire on Thursday as residents prepare to leave their homes during the mandatory evacuation order.
Tim Sparks carries items out of his home while evacuating Thursday morning near Hermosa on County Road 201. The 416 Fire moved into the Hermosa Creek Drainage, causing a second round of mandatory evacuations, affecting about 500 more homes. “It’s kind of funny what you choose to take with you,” Sparks said.
La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith talks with members of the evacuation team Thursday morning before law enforcement went door-to-door notifying residents of new evacuation orders in the Hermosa area.
An evacuation order went into effect Thursday morning in the Hermosa area, where the 416 fire advanced Wednesday night.
This map shows the evacuation and pre-evacuation areas of the 416 Fire.
Colorado State Patrol trooper Brad Spargur escorts an elderly resident as Denakay Hutton, site manager, at the Animas Village Apartments, follows on Thursday morning during the mandatory evacuation order.
Denakay Hutton, site manager, at the Animas Village Apartments, hugs Allegra Eyetoo before leaving their homes on Thursday morning near Hermosa during the mandatory evacuation order.
Allegra Eyetoo, with her cat Cotton, pack up and leave their home at Animas Village Apartments on Thursday morning near Hermosa during the mandatory evacuation order.
Tim Sparks carries items out of his home near Hermosa on County Road 201 on Thursday morning to load in his truck as he evacuates the area. The 416 Fire has dropped down the slopes above Hermosa causing the second round of mandatory evacuations.
Lt. Ed Aber, with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, goes over the mandatory evacuation plan on Thursday morning with a team of area law enforcement before going out to contact residents in the Hermosa area as the 416 Fire burns.
What you need to know

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.The Browning Ranch in Farmington volunteered to host horses during evacuations. Call Chris Maedche (505) 681-3595.Small animals can be evacuated to La Plata County Humane Society, 111 South Camino del Rio.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.DonationsCommunity Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado is accepting monetary donations for Community Emergency Relief Fund. This fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado. The Advisory Committee is working with government agencies and local businesses to develop a strategy for distributing the funds raised. Efforts will support local people and efforts related to 416 Fire. To donate to CERF, residents can send a check to The Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302 or donate online at www.swcommunityfoundation.orgDonations 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.

Nearly 500 homes evacuated in Hermosa area; more pre-evacuations issued

The Snake River Hot Shots make they way through Animas Village Apartments near Hermosa to work the 416 Fire on Thursday as residents prepare to leave their homes during the mandatory evacuation order.
Tim Sparks carries items out of his home while evacuating Thursday morning near Hermosa on County Road 201. The 416 Fire moved into the Hermosa Creek Drainage, causing a second round of mandatory evacuations, affecting about 500 more homes. “It’s kind of funny what you choose to take with you,” Sparks said.
La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith talks with members of the evacuation team Thursday morning before law enforcement went door-to-door notifying residents of new evacuation orders in the Hermosa area.
An evacuation order went into effect Thursday morning in the Hermosa area, where the 416 fire advanced Wednesday night.
This map shows the evacuation and pre-evacuation areas of the 416 Fire.
Colorado State Patrol trooper Brad Spargur escorts an elderly resident as Denakay Hutton, site manager, at the Animas Village Apartments, follows on Thursday morning during the mandatory evacuation order.
Denakay Hutton, site manager, at the Animas Village Apartments, hugs Allegra Eyetoo before leaving their homes on Thursday morning near Hermosa during the mandatory evacuation order.
Allegra Eyetoo, with her cat Cotton, pack up and leave their home at Animas Village Apartments on Thursday morning near Hermosa during the mandatory evacuation order.
Tim Sparks carries items out of his home near Hermosa on County Road 201 on Thursday morning to load in his truck as he evacuates the area. The 416 Fire has dropped down the slopes above Hermosa causing the second round of mandatory evacuations.
Lt. Ed Aber, with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, goes over the mandatory evacuation plan on Thursday morning with a team of area law enforcement before going out to contact residents in the Hermosa area as the 416 Fire burns.

Nearly 500 homes evacuated in Hermosa area; more pre-evacuations issued

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputies discuss where they need to make contact with residents on Thursday morning during evacuations in the Hermosa area.

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