Colorado Fire Doubles in Size, Forcing the Evacuation of More Than 2,000 Homes
Jun 11, 2018 | 0 |
A wildfire blazing in southwestern Colorado doubled in size Sunday, keeping thousands of residents away from their homes. The so-called 416 Fire burning 10 miles north of Durango has consumed 26 square miles as of Sunday and was 10 percent contained. Fire spokesman Brian Eady told the Associated Press that the increase is the result of both the fire’s natural growth and intentional blazes
sparked by firefighters in an effort to control its movement. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” incident commander Todd Pechota told The Durango Herald. Another 675 homes were evacuated Sunday, bringing the total to more than 2,000 homes evacuated. Deputies are going door to door to alert residents. There have been no reports of homes being damaged by the blaze.