416 fire grows to 32,959 acres, containment rises to 18 percent | AspenTimes.com

416 fire grows to 32,959 acres, containment rises to 18 percent

A red flag warning is in place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday

Burned trees and scorched earth can be seen in the forest where the 416 fire burned on June 13, 2018 near Hermosa. The fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Durango, started June 1 and has now burned 26,500 acres. The fire is 15% contained. No homes have burned and no firefighters have been injured.
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An ever-growing number of firefighters are battling the 416 fire north of Durango as it continues to scorch its way through the San Juan National Forest, authorities say.

The battalion-strength crew has now grown to 1,137 firefighters.

The wildfire has burned 32,959 acres about 13 miles north of Durango. The fire is now 18 percent contained, according to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

A red flag warning will be in place between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday because of the increased fire risk due to expected dry lightning and 40 mph winds, a news release says.

Read the full story online at The Denver Post.

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