Wildfire near Durango continues to grow | AspenTimes.com

Wildfire near Durango continues to grow

The 416 Fire near Durango continues to grow and more evacuations are ordered. Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine is on scene as Engine Boss with Aspen Firefighter's Adrian Augliar, Jacob Arywitz and the department's new wildland firefighter intern Grant Duta.
Rick Balentine/Courtesy photo

DURANGO — Warm, drier and windy weather has fueled a 1,000-acre increase in a wildfire burning in southwest Colorado, and fire officials expect more of the same weather conditions and additional fire growth on Wednesday.

The wildfire burning about 10 miles north of Durango in the San Juan National Forest has now burned about 6.3 square miles. It remained 10 percent contained.

The fire spread to the south Tuesday, prompting La Plata County officials to issue new pre-evacuation orders for an area east of the small community of Hermosa.

About 1,500 residents in the area have been evacuated because of the fire, which began last Friday.

The number of firefighters on the fire has grown to nearly 600.

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