A wildfire broke out Friday night on County Road 250 on the east side of the Animas Valley, according to the Durango Fire Protection District.
The DFPD posted alerts on its Twitter and Facebook pages about 9:30 p.m. Friday indicating crews had been on scene for the past few hours, and “forest and structures” were threatened. By 11:30 p.m., the district had posted that crews had made good progress in creating a 5-acre perimeter around the fire and would patrol overnight and continue containment Saturday morning.
By 8:40 a.m. Saturday , the fire had grown to about 4 acres. Because the fire is on San Juan National Forest land, authority of fire control had been transferred to the U.S. Forest Service. The DFPD said crews would be onsite all day working on containment lines, and some smoke and flames would be visible throughout the day.
Capt. Justin Wickes, DFPD’s acting battalion chief on Saturday, said the fire would probably be 100% contained by the end of the day as crews worked to extinguish hot spots.