Last evacuation orders lifted near 416 Fire

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 18:48:30-04

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — All people evacuated by the 416 Fire burning in southwestern Colorado have been allowed to return home.

The last remaining evacuation orders, affecting about 100 homes, were lifted Tuesday after the remnants of Hurricane Bud put a damper on the fire over the weekend.

The fire has been smoldering since then but it hasn't been extinguished. Crews are working to build containment lines before drier weather could cause the fire to flare up.

The fire started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest and has burned about 53 square miles (137 square kilometers). At the height of the fire, the residents of over 2,000 homes were under evacuation orders. No homes were burned.

The fire is 35 percent contained.