Evacuation orders in effect as Lightner Creek fire burns in Durango

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 00:43:20-04

DURANGO, Colo. – Nearly two hundred residences have been evacuated as a wildfire burns in Durango Wednesday.

Evacuations were ordered for all Lightner Creek residents in Durango from the intersection of 207 and 208 up to Lightner Creek Road. Pre-evacuation notices were sent out to all residents from the intersection of 207 and 207 to Highway 160, said Scot Davis, a spokesman for the Durango Fire Rescue.

Evacuation orders were also sent for all residents on CR 206, except for those living on the Westwood Apartments, Davis said.

The Westwood and Dakota Apartments on CR 206 were also on pre-evacuation notice as of 7:15 p.m and the Rockridge Subdivision was on a pre-evacuation notice as of 9:30 p.m.

The 100-acre Lightner Creek Fire is burning from Lightner Creek to Ridgeline in heavy fuels and experts said fire behavior is expected to continue but decrease into the evening.

A total of 170 residents were asked to evacuate as of 6:45 p.m., according to Durango Fire Rescue officials.

One structure has been destroyed and another salvaged, Fire Rescue officials said on Twitter. No injuries have been reported.

All recreational trails in the “Test Tracks” area west of downtown Durango -- including Hogsback, Leydon and Hidden Valley trails -- were closed.

Durango County Fairgrounds is open as an evacuation center for people and animals.