We ask that people avoid driving Hwy 550 or Animas View Drive while helicopters are working the fire. Both roads are being closed periodically for safety as the helicopters are carrying buckets very close to ground level. Use CR 250 if you can.
The Public Release is at the Bottom or this post.
Lt. Bender with La Plata County Sheriff's Dept. was able to get some pictures of early activity.
“X-Rock Fire” Burning on Animas Mountain
Durango, CO – At approximately 4:10 p.m., a wild fire, which has been identified as the X-Rock Fire was reported. This fire is located on Animas Mountain near the 3800 Block of Main Avenue, just north of the Colorado Department of Transportation Offices.
The fire is burning on lands owned by the City of Durango and La Plata County and may threaten Federal lands. Durango Fire and Rescue Authority and Federal Crews have responded to the wild fire. The fire is estimated to be approximately 1.5 to 2 acres at this time. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Two helicopters has been dispatched to provide water drops on the fire and a two seat single engine airplane has been ordered out of Cortez and is expected within the hour.
Highway 550 will be closed intermittently while the helicopters cross the highway. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route.
For additional information, please contact Karola Hanks with Durango Fire and Rescue Authority at (970) 769-7689.