6/5/2018, 6:00 pm
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Fire Size Today:
598 as of 6/5/2018
10 miles North of Durango, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team
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The 416 Fire continues to test the resolve of firefighters. The southern edge of the fire is still backing down the slopes near Hermosa although southerly winds keep most of the flames on the ridgeline. These conditions prompted La Plata County officials to issue a new pre-evacuation order for an area east of the community. Fire personnel were also busy helping residents remove flammable materials from around their homes. Four wood chippers were used to remove piles of vegetation cut and piled by homeowners which might pose a risk to nearby buildings.
Conditions along Highway 550 were calmer except for some action from yesterday’s burnout near the fire’s northern flank. A burnout is a planned ignition used to remove flammable vegetation and allows crews to fight the fire on terms that are favorable to firefighters.
Today’s weather provided no help as hot temperatures and dry conditions favored active fire behavior. “Temperatures were 10 to 15 degrees above normal, relative humidity was critical, with no expected recovery at night, and the level of drought is worsening,” said Chip Redmond, Incident Meteorologist with the Rocky Mountain Blue Team. Redmond also said that air quality may also be an issue. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommended that unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors because of decreasing air quality in the area.
The fire’s behavior tomorrow will be similar to today’s conditions, but the potential for severe fire weather conditions is expected on Thursday.
Firefighters will continue with the projects they have been working on for the last several days. These efforts include patrolling and monitoring along the Highway 550 corridor and building defensible spaces around structures in and around Hermosa. A task force of fire engines, which is combination of resources assembled for a particular need, is in place to help with this work and to provide point protection of buildings if necessary.
Community meetings were held today in Hermosa and Durango to answer residents’ questions about the fire. There will also be a community meeting tomorrow in Silverton. It will be held at the Silverton Town Hall and start at 6 pm. Please visit our Facebook page or call our information line for more details.
Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822/
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