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416 Fire and City Fire Restrictions
On June 22, the City issued a revised fire restriction order. Effective immediately, all fires of any kind or the burning of any material of any kind on public or private property within the City is prohibited. The restriction does not prohibit the use of charcoal, wood fire or propane grills, ovens or smokers on private property.

Violations are subject to fines of up to $2,650 and/or 1 year in jail.


Fire restrictions

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, all open space and trails in the City of Durango will reopen for use, with the exception of Lake Nighthorse and the surrounding shoreline, which will reopen at 7:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018.

Reopening areas include:
  • Overend Mountain Park
  • Chapman Hill and the College Mesa
  • City Open Space accessing Animas City Mountain
  • Dalla Mountain Park
  • Gardella
  • Horse Gulch
  • Mercy Open Space in Three Springs
  • Off Leash Area
  • Oxbow Preserve
  • Twin Buttes
  • Natural Surface Trails in City Open Space

Fire and smoking restrictions on city owned properties remain in effect. The closure and restriction orders issued on June 13, 2018 were difficult, but necessary decisions to make. With progress being made on the 416 fire, local emergency resources are more readily available to respond to local calls. Please remember that the entire southwest Colorado region is in an exceptional drought, with high fire danger. Exercise caution when enjoying outdoor activities.


The 416 fire is about 10 miles North of Durango. Please use this list of resources for immediate updates:



The City of Durango is also using DGOV to release information as well. You can watch Durango Government Television on Charter Spectrum channel 981, or for over-the-air antenna users, channel 10.1. You can also stream DGOV online at DurangoGov.org/DGOV.

An incident website has been setup that you can also check for updates: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5822/

If you have questions about the 416 fire, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 970-385-8700. 

If you haven't already, we highly encourage you to sign up for CodeRed to receive emergency notifications to your mobile device. Please visit DurangoGov.org/CodeRed