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Type 1 incident management team to take command of 416 fire in southwestern Colorado

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(Photo courtesy of  Kyle Miller/Wyoming Hotshots)

La Plata County officials said the Rocky Mountain Region Type 1 Incident Management Team will take over command of the 416 Fire, which is burning about 10 miles north of Durango.

So far the fire has burned an estimated 4,015 acres and 10% contained. Nearly 600 firefighters are working to gain control of the blaze.

The mandatory evacuation zone is growing, as evacuations have been ordered for the Hermosa area north from Cometti/Mead Lane to the intersection of County Road 250C and U.S. Highway 550. Residents in those areas can stay the night, but have to evacuate by 6 a.m. Thursday. Highway 550 will stay closed until evacuations are complete.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team has some of the most experienced personnel and are certified at the state and national level. A Type 2 incident management team took over command from local authorities Sunday morning. The Type 1 team will take over command at 6 a.m. Thursday. 

The 416 fire was first reported near the Durango and Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad around 10 a.m. Friday morning. It has threatened 825 structures and caused multiple closures of Highway 550, a major artery in the San Juan mountains.

Highway 550 was reopened Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., with law enforcement escorting drivers through the affected area.

As News 5 has reported, that area of the state is seeing "exceptional drought" conditions, creating difficult conditions for firefighters.

(This story has been clarified to reflect when the Type 1 Incident Management team will take over command of the fire)

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