Firefighters start to gain containment on wildfire north of Durango |

Firefighters start to gain containment on wildfire north of Durango

DURANGO — Firefighters have gained 10 percent containment on a wildfire in southwest Colorado that has forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents.

The fire about 10 miles north of Durango has burned about 3.5 square miles of timber and brush. About 200 firefighters have been mobilized to fight the fire, and fire officials hope to have the fire contained on Tuesday.

Fire spokesman Jim Mackensen tells The Durango Herald that crews made progress in fighting the fire Saturday.

However, Mackensen says the firefighting effort was being taken over Sunday by crews with more technical experience and supported by greater resources.

About 825 homes have been evacuated and 760 homes are on pre-evacuation notice.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User