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Highway 550 closed due to wildfire near Durango

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LA PLATA COUNTY -

UPDATE: As of Monday afternoon, the fire is still at 10 percent containment but due to significant smoke Highway 550 will close. La Plata County says the highway will not reopen today. 


Firefighters have gained 10 percent containment on a wildfire in southwest Colorado that has forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents.
  
The fire about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Durango has burned about 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers) of timber and brush, with 2,250 acres reportedly burning. 

 About 200 firefighters have been mobilized to fight the fire, and fire officials hope to have the fire contained on Tuesday.


  
Fire spokesman Jim Mackensen tells The Durango Herald that crews made progress in fighting the fire Saturday.


  
However, Mackensen says the firefighting effort was being taken over Sunday by crews with more technical experience and supported by greater resources.
  
About 825 homes have been evacuated and 760 homes are on pre-evacuation notice.

U.S. Highway 550 remains closed to most vehicles in both directions from mile markers 38 to 48. It reopened with limitations at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Law enforcement will be escorting vehicles through the closed area from mile markers 35.5 to 43.5 until 6 p.m.

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