FIRE EVAC­UEES NEAR DU­RANGO HEADED HOME

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Tom McGhee, The Den­ver Post

Res­i­dents of an area near Du­rango who were driven from their homes by the Light­ner Creek fire are re­turn­ing home.

Res­i­dents of some of the 170 homes evac­u­ated re­turned to their homes Satur­day night. As of 8 a.m. Sun­day, all res­i­dents were al­lowed to re­turn, said Chris Barth, spokesman for Rocky Moun­tain In­ci­dent Man­age­ment Team Black.

The fire, which be­gan Wed­nes­day, scorched 406 acres and is 89 per­cent con­tained. “Fire­fight­ers are con­fi­dent they are go­ing to be able to con­tinue to make ex­cel­lent progress,” Barth said.

The blaze be­gan in a struc­ture on pri­vate land and spread quickly, burn­ing through pri­vate, state and fed­eral land.

Dry, hot weather and strong breezes spread the flames, and Du­rango of­fi­cials de­cided to push back the city-spon­sored fire­works dis­play to a later, safer date.

“We have re­ceived the fire­works, so we will look to put on a show at a date to be de­ter­mined later this year or early next year,” the city an­nounced Fri­day.

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