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‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

Severe fire conditions expected to persist; 220 more homes evacuated Saturday
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.

‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

Helicopters work the 416 Fire on Saturday on the east side of Hermosa Cliffs. The 9-day-old blaze was reported at 8,691 acres Saturday morning. It made a big run Saturday afternoon, putting up a huge column of smoke that could be seen for miles.

‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

The 416 Fire burned through thick fuel Saturday, creating a plume of smoke that rose thousands of feet into the sky.

‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

The latest evacuation and pre-evacuation map from La Plata County.

‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

The 416 Fire burns in the background on the south side of the Hermosa Creek drainage on Saturday past the Hermosa Creek Campgrounds.

‘It’s going to get worse before it gets better’

Thick smoke from the 416 Fire made for poor visibility Saturday morning across much of La Plata County.
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