Fire grows to more than 1,000 acres; about 825 homes evacuated


Fire grows to more than 1,000 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

County manager declares state of local disaster

La Plata County government set up a hotline residents can call to learn more about the evacuation notices and to help coordinate help evacuating livestock. The hotline phone number is 385-8700.

Four Corners Back Country Horsemen are ready to help with any horse or livestock evacuations. Trailers and pasture are available throughout the county. For assistance, call (570) 228-1340.

Tips for pre-evacuation

For people who received a pre-evacuation notice, these steps can improve their safety and expedite departure should an evacuation become necessary.

Inside the houseGather medications.Pack a bag with clothing and essentials.Shut off air conditioning and fans.Shut all windows and doors before leaving.If you have time, gather paperwork and photographs that cannot be replaced.Outside the houseGather flammable items and bring them inside (patio furniture, children's toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.).Move propane barbecue appliances away from structures. Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.Don't leave sprinklers or water running; this can affect critical water pressureLeave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.AnimalsLocate your pets and keep them nearby.Prepare livestock for transport and plan to move them to a safe location early.Pack food and medications for your pets.InsuranceTake pictures of the interior of your house to remember and document personal possessions.Determine what is sentimental and can't be replaced.

Fire grows to more than 1,000 acres; about 825 homes evacuated

The 416 Fire rages down the east slope west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill on Friday afternoon.
A forest Service tanker plane drops retardant on the 416 Fire on Friday north of Durango west of U.S. Highway 550 at Shalona Hill.
Wildfire perimeter is shown in blue.
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