Residents displaced by Lightner Creek Fire allowed to return home

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DURANGO, Colo. -- Officials lifted pre-evacuation orders Saturday night for residents impacted by the Lightner Creek Fire. The fire is 89 percent contained and has burned 397 acres.

Evacuations will be lifted in stages, according to the La Plata County Facebook page.

According to the post, residents on La Plata County Road 207 north of the intersection of County Road 207/208 will be allowed to return home Saturday night.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, all remaining evacuated residents will be allowed to return home. This includes residents of county roads 207 and  208 north of U.S. Highway 160.

Because county roads 207 and 208 remain closed for fire fighting operations, residents will need a rapid tag card in order to be allowed access.

The cards are available to residents only from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday at Escalante Middle School in Durango.

Residents can enter and exit the area as often as needed, but travel should be limited during peak fire operations traffic periods from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Officials said it remains an active fire area with firefighting operations happening near homes.