Homeless residents left with few options during public land closures

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Homeless residents left with few options during public land closures

Evacuation center closes but homeless campers allowed to use outdoor facilities
Homeless campers had been staying at a temporary campsite set up by the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office west of downtown Durango. But the county enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions, which prohibits such encampments. Homeless residents were moved to an evacuation shelter at Escalante Middle School, but the shelter closed Monday, and Stage 3 fire restrictions remain in place, leaving few options for homeless campers.

Homeless residents left with few options during public land closures

Homeless campers had been staying at a temporary campsite set up by the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office west of downtown Durango. But the county enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions, which prohibits such encampments. Homeless residents were moved to an evacuation shelter at Escalante Middle School, but the shelter closed Monday, and Stage 3 fire restrictions remain in place, leaving few options for homeless campers.
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