For additional information, please contact: Megan Graham at 970-749-7684                                                                          June 29, 2017 1:22 p.m.


Pre-evacuation notice issued for Rafter J; Escalante Middle School is evacuation shelter

Durango– Based on fire activity and conditions, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation notice for the Rafter J Subdivision.  Residents should gather important documents, clothes, medications and be prepared to leave with pets if a mandatory evacuation notice is issued.

Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango, is the evacuation and re-unification center for residents displaced by the Lightner Creek Fire.  Pets displaced by the fire may be housed at the La Plata County Humane Society.  For information, please call the La Plata County Humane Society at (970) 259-2847.

The La Plata County Fairgrounds will become the Incident Command Center for the Type II Incident Management Team arriving to take over fire management on Friday.

A community information hotline has been set up for the Lightner Creek Fire at (970)385-8700 and will be staffed until 10 p.m. The La Plata County Twitter (@LaPlataCountyCO) and Facebook (@LaPlataCounty) pages have updated information about the fire and related community issues and resources.

County Roads 206, 207 and 208 remain closed.  Evacuations are in place for:

  • All residents on County Road 207 north of the intersection of County Road 207/208
  • All residents on County Road 206, with the exception of the Westwood Apartments, at the intersection of County Road 206 and Highway 160.
  • All residents on County Road 208
  • Twin Buttes
  • Animas High School
  • All recreation trails in the “Test Tracks” west of downtown Durango are closed including Hogsback, Leyden and Hidden Valley trails.

Pre-Evacuations have been made for residents in the following areas:

  • Highway 160, one mile west of County Road 207
  • Dakota and Westwood Apartments on County Road 206
  • Rockridge Subdivision
  • Rafter J Subdivision

The City of Durango has asked that residents to not leave sprinklers on when leaving their homes. Doing so ensures that firefighters have adequate water supply.

Evacuation notifications are made through the county’s Code Red system.  La Plata County residents may register up to five cell or Internet phone numbers with a physical street address to receive notifications immediately.  To sign up with the county’s Code Red system, visit