Mancos fire could cross Hwy 160

Mancos fire could cross Hwy 160

Blaze grows to 2,500 acres; second fire erupts along Hwy 550 near state line
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DALE RODEBAUGH/Durango Herald - DURANGO - 06/23/12 - A turbo prop firefighting air tanker returns to the San Juan National Forest's Durango Air Tanker Base after delivering a load to the Weber Fire in Mancos Saturday morning.
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Undersheriff Robin Cronk of the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office controls access to County Road 41, which leads to the Weber Fire, on Friday in Mancos.
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The Weber Fire, seen looking westbound from U.S. Highway 160, was at 500 to 600 acres as of 8 p.m. Friday.
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By late Friday afternoon, a huge smoke plume could be seen in downtown Durango.
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The fire plume blows at about 6 p.m. from the U.S. Highway 160 bypass in Mancos.
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The Weber fire looking south on the U.S. Highway 160 bypass in Mancos.
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DAVID BERGELAND/Durango Herald - Early morning smoke from the Weber fire looking east on U.S. Highway 160 near the La Plata County border.
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DAVID BERGELAND/Durango Herald - The sun filters through early morning smoke from the Weber fire looking east on U.S. Highway 160 near Mancos.
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Officials are requesting the public to not call area dispatch centers, which are busy coordinating firefighting efforts. Updates about the Weber Fire will be available at www.inciweb.org or https://twitter.com/SanJuanNF.
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