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Heavy rain causes flooding, mudslides in fire-scarred southwest Colorado

Posted at 9:59 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 00:04:46-04

DURANGO, Colo. — Heavy rain falling over the 416 Fire burn scare in southwestern Colorado caused flooding and mudslides.

A mudslide closed U.S. Highway 550 for several hours Tuesday. The highway partially reopened later in the evening. 

As a precaution, campers at the KOA campground on La Plata County Road 250 north of Hermosa were evacuated to the nearby fairgrounds. 

No injuries were reported. 

The 416 Fire started over a month ago near Durango and is no longer considered a threat.

The blaze charred more than 54,000 acres of wilderness and forced the evacuation of over 2,000 homes.