Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

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Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

416 Fire advances; more than 1,000 homes evacuated, 1,500 on pre-evacuation
A Chinook helicopter drops a load of water in front of flames on Thursday evening near Hermosa while battling the 416 Fire. Fire managers say the fire could reach homes in the Hermosa area by Friday night. Firefighting efforts Thursday focused on preparing for structure protection efforts.
Flames and columns of smoke from the 416 Fire were easily visible Thursday evening near the base of Hermosa Mountain.
A Chinook helicopter looks to drop a load of water in front of flames Thursday evening near Hermosa while battling the 416 Fire.
Flames from the 416 Fire soar over trees Thursday afternoon near Hermosa.
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.

Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

A Chinook helicopter drops a load of water in front of flames on Thursday evening near Hermosa while battling the 416 Fire. Fire managers say the fire could reach homes in the Hermosa area by Friday night. Firefighting efforts Thursday focused on preparing for structure protection efforts.
Flames and columns of smoke from the 416 Fire were easily visible Thursday evening near the base of Hermosa Mountain.
A Chinook helicopter looks to drop a load of water in front of flames Thursday evening near Hermosa while battling the 416 Fire.
Flames from the 416 Fire soar over trees Thursday afternoon near Hermosa.

Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

This map shows the evacuation and pre-evacuation areas of the 416 Fire.

Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brad Spargur escorts a resident from the Animas Village Apartments as Denakay Hutton, site manager, follows Thursday morning north of Durango. The 416 Fire was more than 5,000 acres in size and could reach homes Friday in the Hermosa area.

Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

A low pass over Hermosa Mountain shows the skill of an air tanker pilot Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters prepare to protect homes in Hermosa

A sign thanks firefighters who are battling the 416 Fire.

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