A wildfire blazing in southwestern Colorado continues to grow Monday after more than doubling in size over the weekend.
The so-called 416 Fire burning 10 miles north of Durango has consumed 34 square miles as of Monday morning local time and was 10 percent contained. Fire spokesman Brian Eady told the Associated Press that the increase noted over the weekend was the result of both the fire’s natural growth and intentional blazes sparked by firefighters in an effort to control its movement.
“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” incident commander Todd Pechota told The Durango Herald.
The weather hasn’t helped the situation. Gusty winds are expected to keep fanning the fire Monday. There’s no rain in sight…. more