Lightner Creek Fire declared disaster emergency

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Lightner Creek Fire declared disaster emergency

Fire expected to grow with hot, windy weather in forecast
The Lightner Creek Fire burns just behind Perins Peak on Thursday morning just a short distance from Durango.
The map shows the general fire boundaries of the Lightner Creek Fire, which started at a house in the smaller area. A spot fire started west of Perins Peak and had grown to about 200 acres as of Thursday morning, officials said.
The Lightner Creek Fire burns in a rugged area just behind Perins Peak on Thursday morning, and firefighters are bracing for it to grow as the temperature and winds increase.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters set up structure protection on Wednesday during the Lightner Creek Fire.
To help

The evacuation center at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., is accepting donations for evacuees from the Lightner Creek Fire. Toiletries are the biggest need, but it also is accepting bottled water and nonperishable food especially snacks.
The La Plata County Humane Society needs cat and dog food, cat litter and food bowls for animals that were evacuated. Many of the animals have been taken to the Humane Society. You can donate at 1111 South Camino del Rio. Horses are being housed at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Smoke precautions

San Juan Basin Public Health Department advises that smoke from the fire may cause problems for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity; people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
Other tips to protect yourself:
Close windows and doors and stay inside. However, do not close up your home tightly if it makes it dangerously warm inside.
Only if they are filtered, run the air conditioning, your evaporative cooler, or the fan feature on your home heating system (with the heat turned off). Keep the outdoor air intake closed and be sure the filter is clean. Filtered air typically has less smoke than the air outdoors. Running these appliances if they are not filtered can make indoor smoke worse.
As temperatures cool in the evening, inversion conditions worsen and smoke in low lying areas may become thicker, especially if the outdoor air is still. It tends to be worst near dawn.
Close bedroom windows at night.
To prepare for nighttime smoke, consider airing out your home in early to mid afternoon when smoke tends to be more diluted. Use your best judgment. If smoke is thick during the day, follow the tips above.

Lightner Creek Fire declared disaster emergency

The Lightner Creek Fire burns just behind Perins Peak on Thursday morning just a short distance from Durango.
The map shows the general fire boundaries of the Lightner Creek Fire, which started at a house in the smaller area. A spot fire started west of Perins Peak and had grown to about 200 acres as of Thursday morning, officials said.
The Lightner Creek Fire burns in a rugged area just behind Perins Peak on Thursday morning, and firefighters are bracing for it to grow as the temperature and winds increase.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters set up structure protection on Wednesday during the Lightner Creek Fire.
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