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Six Shooter Fire in southwest Colorado now 60% contained, fire officials say

Nearby East Canyon Fire is 17% contained
Six Shooter Fire_June 18 2020
Posted at 9:32 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 11:32:40-04

IGNACIO, Colo. — The Six Shooter Fire, which broke out southeast of Durango on Tuesday afternoon, is now 60% contained, fire officials said Thursday.

The fire, which got its name from its location in the Six Shooter Canyon on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, had burned 224 acres as of Thursday evening, according to the Durango Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Firefighters spent Thursday constructing fire lines, which ensured the fire did not burn any additional land, the group said.

A total of 110 people are working to suppress the Six Shooter Fire.

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place for the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

The East Canyon Fire, which is burning west of Durango is now 2,860 acres and is 17% contained as of Friday morning. The fire, which was caused by lightning, was detected on Sunday afternoon. It is burning on Bureau of Land Management land and private land along Cherry Creek Road (County Road 105).

In addition, the Loading Pen Fire, which is burning north of the East Canyon Fire, is burning in Dolores River Valley between the towns of Dolores and Rico. It was first detected on Saturday and is now 107 acres. The Loading Pen Fire is now 65% contained.