416 Fire Morning Update
Friday, June 29, 2018
Location: 13 Miles N. of Durango, CO
Size: 41,617 (growth of 4,129 acres)
Percent Contained: 37%
Start Date: June, 1, 2018.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cost to Date: $25,600,000
Total Personnel: 357
Resources Include: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 4 Type 2 hand crews, 15 engines, 2 dozers
Helicopters: Two Type 1, one Type 2, and one Type 3
An increase in fire activity is anticipated in the northwest perimeter of the Deer Creek drainage. Hot and dry weather, winds out of the southwest and changing wind patterns are forecasted for the day. Wind gusts up to 30 mph are predicted. The fire is expected to continue a moderate rate of spread which may cause smoke to be visible from communities north along the Highway 550 corridor. Although temperatures will decrease slightly, fire weather remains near critical as high temperatures, low relative humidity, strong southwestern winds and a strong high pressure cell warrant the issuance of another Red Flag Warning. Red Flag Warnings are issued to alert firefighters that the existing conditions have potential for dangerous fire growth. The combination of these factors may lead to an increase in fire activity and moderate fire spread throughout the fire area.
Fire continues to move toward the north. Crews will continue to reduce the potential for future ignitions on the north and east perimeter. Fire crews and track vehicle chippers will stay in the area to continue clearing and chipping brush piles along the Durango-Silverton Railway train tracks. For the removal of slash piles resulting from earlier structure protection operations in the Falls Creek area, residents can call the Incident Command Post at (907) 403-5326.
Since commencing approximately 36 hours ago, crews continue burnout operations in the southwestern portion of the fire in the No Buck Creek drainage. Today in Division H, firing operations will proceed to advance north along Forest Road 171 toward the end of the road where it meets Sheep Head Basin. Crews will remain holding the containment line by strengthening handline and actively engaging in mop up procedures with aerial support from water dropping helicopters.
A closure order in the fire area remains in effect; therefore, accessing trails that tie into the Colorado Trail off of Highway 550 from the Molas Trailhead south to the Junction Creek Trailhead are prohibited. Residents and visitors are encourage to check local conditions when planning recreation activities. For those that would like more information on the 416 fire, starting today two information stations will be staffed from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Dunn Deal Thrift Store shopping center on at 3101 Main Avenue, at the City Market off of 9th Street and Camino del Rio in Durango from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Honeyville from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
National Incident Management Organization - Joe Reinarz, Incident Commander
Information Center: 970-403-5326 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m daily.
Website for 416 Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822