DURANGO, Colo. (KKTV) - The 416 Fire grew significantly Saturday to 16,766 acres while evacuations remain in place for several areas around the fire.
The fire flared up off the west side of Highway 550 around 10 a.m. June 1 about 13 miles north of Durango. It is still at 10 percent containment. It is burning in grass, brush and timber, with rough terrain that firefighters have not been able to get to as of Sunday morning.
The fire caused haze and an air quality health advisory for much of southwest Colorado.
On Sunday, the weather remained an issue with a red flag warning for Colorado from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Conditions were expected to stay dry, hot and windy throughout the day with gusts up to 35 mph and very low humidity. Crews say the combination of weather and fuel conditions create a potential for increased fire intensity and growth Sunday.
Earlier in the week, the county manager declared a state of local disaster due to an exceptional drought.
Highway 550 remains closed from mile marker 32 to 47. When conditions allow, traffic is being escorted through the closure daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., however that may change depending on fire activity.
Several resources are working to get the fire fully contained including several hand crews, 44 engines, 9 dozers and four water tenders.
As of Sunday morning, no structures had been lost or damaged.