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Durango Fire Burns Over 20,000 Acres
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The 416 fire, as of Monday had grown to more than 22,131 acres in size. 2100 homes are under an evacuation order. The fire has spread quickly from an earlier estimate of 19,500 acres burned. The fire is burning about 10 miles north of Durango and remains only ten percent contained. The fire started on June 1.

Though the fire has continued to move closer to homes, no structures have been damaged or lost as of Monday. More than 800 firefighters are working to get the blaze under control.

Forestry officials announced Sunday evening that they would be instituting a stage three fire closure in the San Juan National Forest, meaning the entire 1.8-million-acre forest will be closed to the public.

“Under current conditions, one abandoned campfire or spark could cause a catastrophic wildfire, and we are not willing to take that chance with the natural and cultural resources under our protection and care, or with human life and property, “the USDA said.

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