The 416 Fire has been burning since June 1st. The fire just north of Durango continued to grow over the weekend, jumping from 41,617 acres on Friday to 49,301 acres as of 10 p.m. Sunday night.
Fire officials say they expect the fire to continue to grow westward into a wilderness area on Monday. They also believe the fire will move east towards Highway 550.
The cause of the massive blaze is unknown at this time and so far, it’s cost $27-million dollars to fight.
Purgatory Resort, near the 416 Fire, says they will now be open for summer activities beginning Monday, July 2nd.
They’re reminding the public that the 416 Fire is still within close proximity of the resort but currently poses no threat to the guests. Mountain guests may encounter fire crews and fire traffic along Highway 550 and near the area as they enhance and improve fire lines south of the resort.
They also say that drones are prohibited at Purgatory Resort, in the area and anywhere near wildfires. It is illegal and can be deadly if flown near wildfires. Drones interfere with wildland fire air traffic, such as air tankers, helicopters, and other firefighting aircraft that are necessary to suppress wildland fires.
For more information visit Purgatory Resort.