Durango Wildfire: Rapidly Spreading Colorado Fire Prompts Evacuations

A wildfire was spreading north of Durango, Colorado, Friday morning, the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed. The fire, which began around 10 a.m. local time, had spread to some 100 acres.

Helicopters, heavy tankers and fire crews were dispatched to the scene to combat the blaze, which started on the left side of State Highway 550. The fire had since made its way to San Juan National Forest.

Highway 550 was closed from mile marker 38 to mile marker 48 Friday, the USDA said. At least one subdivision was evacuated, KKTV reported. Other areas were under a pre-evacuation notice.

The cause of the fire remained unclear.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

US 550 CLOSED N of Durango Due to Wildfire#SWCODOT #LaPlataCounty #Durango #SanJuanCounty #Silverton pic.twitter.com/JsFkXWokJg

— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) June 1, 2018