Colorado 416 Fire Map: Durango Blaze Spreading, Evacuations Continue

The 416 wildfire near Durango, Colorado, grew to about 2,255 acres by Monday afternoon, authorities confirmed. The fire, which started Friday morning, was burning about 13 miles north of Durango.

A map of the incident area showed the fire perimeter on the west side of State Highway 550, partially on private land and partially in the San Juan National Forest. Almost 400 firefighters were deployed to combat the flames.

The 416 fire was about 10 percent contained by Monday afternoon. Officials predicted it would be fully contained by about June 30.

Around 800 homes in the area remained evacuated, while the residents of another 700 were asked to be ready to leave at any moment. It remained unclear when those residents would be allowed to go back to the area. La Plata County Manager Joanne Spina declared a state of local disaster, according to the Durango Herald.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Officials predicted this year's wildfire season in Colorado would be the worst in recent years. The National Interagency Fire Center said southwestern Colorado would experience "above normal significant wildland fire potential."

"It appears that this will probably be the worst one, forecast wise, in quite some time," Mike Morgan, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, told the Denver Post in April. "Abnormally dry weather and a dry winter has left our mountains nearly barren."

Wildfires were also burning Monday in California and New Mexico. The 150-acre Aliso Viejo fire in Laguna Beach, California, was about 40 percent contained, authorities announced. In New Mexico, the much larger Ute Park Fire had grown to about 36,000 acres. The fire was 23 percent contained Monday and had destroyed at least 14 unoccupied structures.

Durango Fire
A map shows where the 416 fire continued to burn near Durango, Colorado. INCL