Wildfire near Durango continues to grow
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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Pitkin County administrators are proposing a more than $142 million budget for 2020, which is about $6 million less than this year because of fewer construction projects and capital improvements.