Lightner Creek Fire: 406 acres burned, 170 homes evacuated, 89 percent contained

Lightner creek fire

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – All residents evacuated because of the Lightner Creek Fire near Durango are now back home, as firefighters get closer to containment.

Lightner creek fire
Burn area of the Lightner Creek Fire.

The Lightner Creek Fire started late Wednesday afternoon, June 28, in the Lightner Creek area about three miles west of Durango. More than 100 homes were quickly evacuated north of Highway 160.

The fire is actually split into two separate fires. As of Sunday, July 2, officials said the fire had burned about 406 acres and was 89 percent contained.

The Community Hotline is 970-385-8700

The following areas were ordered to evacuate:

  • Residents on County Road 207 north of the intersection of County Road 207/208
  • Residents on County Road 206
  • Twin Buttes Subdivision
  • Animas High School
  • Hogs Back Trail System

The following areas were under pre-evacuation orders:

  • County Road 208
  • Highway 160, one mile west of County Road 207
  • Dakota and Westwood Apartments
  • RockRidge subdivision
  • Rafter J. subdivision (includes Morning Star subdivision, Castle Ridge, West Fork, La Plata Vista and King Mountain estates, as well as individual homes in proximity)

Durango Fire and Rescue officials said an evacuation center was set up at Escalante Middle School.

The City of Durango also announced late Friday that their Fourth of July fireworks display has been cancelled. They say they hope to hold it later in the year or next year.