The “416 Fire” continued to ravish the area just north of our Durango area in Southwest Colorado. Over the weekend, the fire doubled in size to 22,131 acres and has forced over 2,100 homes to be evacuated.
Two of our employees at our Rocky Mountain High Durango location were included in the evacuations thus far. With only 10% of the fire contained, it’s unclear how long it will take the 800+ firefighters to contain the fire or if homes will be damaged.
The 1.8-million-acre San Juan National Forest has closed down and the fire does not show signs of slowing down. From our store located over seven miles from the fires, the smoke is very visible and very real.
The smoke is so bad in our town, they are advising people to stay inside their homes.
Thus far, in an effort to aid our community, we have donated cases of water to those sleeping at a school and to our local fire department. We will continue that effort, and welcome all customers at all Rocky Mountain High locations to donate socks, toiletries and cases of water at our Durango locations and our Denver locations.
For more information on the fires, head to The Denver Channel.
An evacuation center and shelter is open 24 hours a day at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, in Durango. Evacuated residents are asked to check in at the evacuation center to receive credentials for re-entry when conditions allow the evacuation order to be lifted.