416 Fire crews struggle to contain blaze; evacuations grow

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416 Fire crews struggle to contain blaze; evacuations grow

825 homes evacuated, 1,021 homes placed on pre-evacuation notice
Firefighters working the 416 Fire on Monday. The San Juan National Forest closed several trails and roads until Saturday in the Hermosa area.
An air tanker drops retardant on the 416 Fire on Friday north of Durango. Firefighting aircraft fly low to the ground in smoky conditions with other aircraft in the area.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald06-02-18- Durango- A helicopter carries its bucket filled with water to the 416 Fire on Saturday.
A helicopter fights the 416 Fire on Saturday north of Durango. Firefighting aircraft fly low to the ground in smoky conditions with other aircraft in the area. Drones are hard to see and present a danger to pilots and firefighters on the ground.
A U.S. Forest Service tanker jet lays down a line of retardant on the 416 Fire on Friday north of Durango and west of U.S. Highway 550.
The 416 Fire rages west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday.
The 416 Fire rages down west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
Members of the Juniper Valley hand crew fighting the 416 Fire clean up a tree that they cut down on Sunday above U.S. Highway 550 on a steep cliff that was rotten and burning inside creating a dangerous situation for drivers
A spot fire starts in front of the north end of the 416 Fire west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
The fire’s footprint as of Sunday night.
The pre-evacuation notice is for homes and businesses from Mead Lane, known locally as Cometti Lane, in Hermosa, north along county roads 201, 202 and 203. The pre-evacuation area extends north along the west side of U.S. Highway 550 to its intersection with County Road 250. This includes the Pine Acres and Whispering Pines developments.
The 416 Fire broke out Friday morning about 10 miles north of Durango. On Monday morning, the fire was at 2,402 acres and remained at 10 percent contained. Dry weather is expected throughout the week.
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416 Fire crews struggle to contain blaze; evacuations grow

Firefighters working the 416 Fire on Monday. The San Juan National Forest closed several trails and roads until Saturday in the Hermosa area.
An air tanker drops retardant on the 416 Fire on Friday north of Durango. Firefighting aircraft fly low to the ground in smoky conditions with other aircraft in the area.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald06-02-18- Durango- A helicopter carries its bucket filled with water to the 416 Fire on Saturday.
A helicopter fights the 416 Fire on Saturday north of Durango. Firefighting aircraft fly low to the ground in smoky conditions with other aircraft in the area. Drones are hard to see and present a danger to pilots and firefighters on the ground.
A U.S. Forest Service tanker jet lays down a line of retardant on the 416 Fire on Friday north of Durango and west of U.S. Highway 550.
The 416 Fire rages west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday.
The 416 Fire rages down west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
Members of the Juniper Valley hand crew fighting the 416 Fire clean up a tree that they cut down on Sunday above U.S. Highway 550 on a steep cliff that was rotten and burning inside creating a dangerous situation for drivers
A spot fire starts in front of the north end of the 416 Fire west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
The fire’s footprint as of Sunday night.
The pre-evacuation notice is for homes and businesses from Mead Lane, known locally as Cometti Lane, in Hermosa, north along county roads 201, 202 and 203. The pre-evacuation area extends north along the west side of U.S. Highway 550 to its intersection with County Road 250. This includes the Pine Acres and Whispering Pines developments.
The 416 Fire broke out Friday morning about 10 miles north of Durango. On Monday morning, the fire was at 2,402 acres and remained at 10 percent contained. Dry weather is expected throughout the week.
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