Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

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Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

No structures lost, no injuries reported; blaze remains at 34,161 acres, 35 percent contained
Doug Parmentier with La Plata County Search and Rescue gives the thumbs-up Tuesday after checking a Rapid Tag on County Road 205 leading to the Falls Creek subdivision. Evacuations were lifted Tuesday for Falls Creek residents, leaving no more homes evacuated for the 416 Fire.

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

Doug Parmentier with La Plata County Search and Rescue gives the thumbs-up Tuesday after checking a Rapid Tag on County Road 205 leading to the Falls Creek subdivision. Evacuations were lifted Tuesday for Falls Creek residents, leaving no more homes evacuated for the 416 Fire.

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

Blue skies dominated the horizon Tuesday looking toward the Falls Creek subdivision, which had been evacuated for the 416 Fire. Firefighters say the 416 Fire could burn until the monsoons arrive, but it no longer presents an immediate threat to structures.

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

Smoke-filled skies give way to bluebird days, but 416 Fire still breathes

Todd Pechota, left, Type 1 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team commander for the 416 Fire, examines maps with Frank Keeler, center, planning operations chief trainee, and David Vitwar, operations safety officer, on Tuesday in the command center at Animas Valley Elementary School.
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