Southwest Colorado wildfire declared ‘controlled'

Posted at 5:58 PM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 19:59:28-04

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say a wildfire that scorched about 85 square miles (220 square kilometers) in southwest Colorado is “controlled,” more than four months after it started.

The Durango Herald reports the 416 Fire started June 1 and was declared fully contained July 31, meaning fire crews had the blaze contained within a certain boundary. Controlled means there is no active fire within containment lines and no hot spots near the containment lines.

Forest Service officials say the fire continues to smolder in spots, and it could be months before it’s extinguished.

Investigators have not determined what caused the fire.