Wildfire near Durango scorches another 2,000 acres in single day | AspenTimes.com

Wildfire near Durango scorches another 2,000 acres in single day

More than 1,200 homes have already been evacuated and another 750 residences are under pre-evacuation orders

The 416 Fire burns down Hermosa Cliffs above U.S. Highway 550 on the southeast side of the fire near Hermosa, Colo., on June 6.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald via AP

A growing team of firefighters is battling the 416 wildfire in hopes of preventing it from reaching and consuming hundreds of homes as another round of mandatory evacuations were issued Friday morning for 304 residences.

Law enforcement officers began knocking on the doors of homes at 10 a.m. Friday on the east and west sides of U.S. 550 from Electra Lake Drive north to Hermosa Cliffs Road and to the north end of Two Dogs Trail. Residents have until 4 p.m. Friday to evacuate.

There is some good news, however, while the blaze has consumed 7,180 acres of mostly forest lands, no homes have been burned and no people have been injured.

“It’s working,” spokeswoman Megan Graham said Friday morning referring to firefighting tactics, including holding a critical boundary to keep the flames away from homes. “They’re keeping the fire on the west side of U.S. Highway 550.”

Still, the wildfire has advanced in dry, hot conditions and threatens hundreds of homes, Graham said.

Continue reading the full story at The Denver Post. 

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