Rainy weather halts growth of 416 wildfire near Durango
Firefighters worry return to hot, dry weather will spur the wildfire
The Denver Post
For the first time since it started June 1, the 416 fire did not increase in size Monday, authorities said.
The wildfire, about 13 miles north of Durango, stayed within Monday’s footprint of 34,161 acres as firefighters managed to extend containment to 35 percent, according to a report by Todd Pechota, incident commander.
The success may be short-lived.
“The combination of rising temperatures, decreasing relative humidity, and increasing winds has the potential to create a Red Flag Warning later this week,” Pechota’s report says.
The forecast for Tuesday calls for warm and dry conditions with temperatures in the upper 70s, the report says.
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