Current Fire Information and Updates as of Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Durango is Open for Business

Yes, Durango is open! Thank you to all our friends and followers for the many calls and show of support. Here is a brief update on the 416 Fire, located on the San Juan National Forest approximately 13 miles north of Durango, along the west side of US Highway 550. Click below for a list of commonly asked questions.

Many of Durango's businesses and attractions have not been affected by the 416 Fire. Durango is 10 - 13 miles south of the fire, and there are still plenty of activities to enjoy in and around Durango. As of 8:30pm on Tuesday, June 19th,​ the 416 Fire was measured at 34,161 ​acres and is 35% contained. There are over 687 personnel assigned to the 416 Fire. U.S. Highway 550 is open to all lanes of traffic with no law enforcement escort or closure points. For up to date information from CDOT visit www.cotrip.org.

Closures:​

  • Stage III fire restrictions remain in place for the entire San Juan National Forest. This means that all public access to the Forest, including trails and roads, is prohibited.
  • Due to extreme fire danger, the City of Durango’s closure of all open space, natural lands, reservoirs, trails or other public lands owned, operated or managed by the City. All smoking and fire of any kind is prohibited on all City owned, operated or managed property. Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday June 22, 2018, Lake Nighthorse and the Off-Leash area will reopen to the public.
  • The Bureau of Land Management has enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions in La Plata County in response to the extremely high fire danger that persists in the region. BLM announcement closes all recreational uses on Animas City Mountain, Skyline, Grandview and Turtle Lake/East Animas climbing areas, as well as Perins Peak Wildlife Management area.
  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has suspended operations through June 30th. Please check their website for ongoing updates to their schedule and operations. 
  • Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in several areas, including Purgatory Resort. Purgatory announced all resort services will remain closed until the beginning of July, depending on the fire activity. Please check their website for ongoing updates.
  • The Hermosa area, including all roads and trails, remains closed due to the 416 Fire. For your safety and that of all emergency and fire management teams, please abide by the closure. 

Air Quality: Decreasing smoke production from the 416 Fire along with anticipated rainfall will allow the Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke to be cancelled for La Plata County. If conditions warrant, this advisory could be re-issued at a future date. Consider limiting outdoor activity in the mornings or whenever moderate to heavy smoke is present. The San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) in conjunction with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have placed additional air quality monitors in the area. Click here for current air quality advisories.

Follow @VisitDurango on Facebook and Instagram to see unaffected summertime activities and adventure inspiration. Stop by or call the Durango Welcome Center at 802 Main Avenue or 800-525-8855 for alternate activity suggestions. There is still plenty to see and do in and around Durango!

FAQs

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions regarding the 416 Fire.

Where is the fire?

The 416 Fire is located on the San Juan National Forest approximately 13 miles north of Durango, along the west side of Highway 550. U.S. Highway 550 is open to all lanes of traffic with no law enforcement escort or closure points. For up to date information from CDOT visit www.cotrip.org.

Will the fire grow?

Wildfires are at the whim of Mother Nature.  As of 8:30pm on Tuesday, June 19th,​ the 416 Fire was measured at 34,161 ​acres and is 35% contained. There are 687 personnel assigned to fighting the fire, including air resources -- single engine and heavy tankers and Type 1 and 2 helicopters -- 14 engines, 4 hotshot crews, multiple Type 2 initial attack crews, and a water tender. Rain helped cool the fire over the weekend, but it did not put it out. Dry fuels and hot embers are still present.

Do I need to cancel my vacation plans to the Durango area?

Durango welcomes guests from near and far and will not let this fire impact your vacation plans. Durango is 10 - 13 miles south of the fire, but most businesses and activities in Durango have not been affected by the 416 Fire. There are still plenty of activities and events to enjoy summer in and around Durango. Please click here to see everything Durango has to offer, and click here for a current calendar of events.

Area residents and travelers should remain alert to emergency announcements. Please be considerate of fire restrictions while you are visiting. The San Juan National Forest is now in Stage 3 Fire Restrictions.

IMPORTANT! DO NOT FLY DRONES anywhere near wildfires. It is illegal and can be deadly if flown near wildfires. Drones interfere with wildland fire air traffic, such as air tankers, helicopters, and other firefighting aircraft that are necessary to suppress wildland fires.

Are there any closures due to the fire?

  • Stage III fire restrictions remain in place for the entire San Juan National Forest. This means that all public access to the Forest, including trails and roads, is prohibited.
  • Due to extreme fire danger, the City of Durango’s closure of all open space, natural lands, reservoirs, trails or other public lands owned, operated or managed by the City. All smoking and fire of any kind is prohibited on all City owned, operated or managed property. Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday June 22, 2018, Lake Nighthorse and the Off-Leash area will reopen to the public.
  • The Bureau of Land Management has enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions in La Plata County in response to the extremely high fire danger that persists in the region. BLM announcement closes all recreational uses on Animas City Mountain, Skyline, Grandview and Turtle Lake/East Animas climbing areas, as well as Perins Peak Wildlife Management area.
  • The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has suspended operations through June 30th. Please check their website for ongoing updates to their schedule and operations. 
  • Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in several areas, including Purgatory Resort. Purgatory announced all resort services will remain closed until the beginning of July, depending on the fire activity. Please check their website for ongoing updates. 
  • The Hermosa area, including all roads and trails, remains closed due to the 416 Fire. For your safety and that of all emergency and fire management teams, please abide by the closure. 

Where can I get more information?

For 416 Fire Information, call (970) 403-5326, email 416Fire2018@gmail.com, follow 416 Fire Information on Facebook, or visit the InciWeb website.

Thank you to all the fire crews, law enforcement, first responders, county and city employees, public health, and local volunteers currently working hard on this fire!