Southwestern Colorado wildfire grows to 4.2 square miles

Local News

Wildfire (File photo)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A lightning-caused wildfire in southwestern Colorado that has led to the evacuation of more than two dozen homes has grown to about 4.2 square miles.

The blaze, also known as the East Canyon Fire, started Saturday and was burning on private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management land about 20 miles west of Durango.

Mandatory evacuation orders were in place Sunday and Monday for 23 homes in two subdivisions, plus more homes on Cherry Creek Road near the La Plata-Montezuma county line.

Authorities closed U.S. Highway 160 between Hesperus and Mancos because of the fire but reopened it Monday evening.

Most Read

Top Stories

More Home Page Top Stories