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DURANGO, Colorado — Officials in southwest Colorado has directed the evacuations of another 300 families on Friday, June 8, to allow firefighters to attack an advancing wing of a wildfire that blazed miles of harsh countryside, but had yet to harm or ruin any structures.

La Plata County authorities’ latest instruction follows the evacuation of more than 1,000 residences earlier along U.S. Highway 550, a main route connecting the urban areas including Durango and Silverton, roughly 135 miles northwest of the Four Corners Monument that links Colorado with Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

The wildfire first emerged in June 1 in San Juan National Forest area. It comes as critical dry spell is enthralling the American Southwest, most especially the region where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado link up.

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Police forces led traffic cortege along the highway during daytime on Friday.

Homeowners affected by Friday’s order due to a wildfire had until 4 P.M. local time to abide so fire brigade can check the advance of the northeast side of the forest fire. The directive order put on to an zone north of the town of Hermosa, about 10 miles north of Durango.

The main priority was protecting structures from being destroyed by wildfire around Hermosa, said Brian Eaby, a spokesman for a federal team in supervision of the firefighting endeavor. Brian added that there were no structures were threatened.

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“We’re going to stay vigilant, and make sure there are no hot spots,” Eaby further said.

Moreover, authorities claim that the 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) have burned, but no establishments have been wrecked.

Nearly 700 firefighters backed by air support were attacking the wildfire, which was already 10 percent contained as of writing. The cause of the wildfire in southwest Colorado has yet tot be determined. Durango was managing an evacuation center and a shelter at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The fire has shut down the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which runs through the region, at least through Sunday. — The DistriQ, TheDistriQ.com

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Contact reporter Andrea Fisher at Fisher@TheDistriQ.com or 702-564-9402. Follow @AndreaFisherS on Twitter.


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