Vosberg Pike Fire east of Durango 75% contained Thursday morning; evacuations lifted

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Posted at 7:28 AM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 11:37:42-04

DENVER – A wildfire that started Wednesday in La Plata County east of Durango was 75% contained at 70 acres as of Thursday morning.

The Vosberg Pike Fire forced the evacuation of 12 homes along La Plata County Road 228 on Wednesday as the fire grew. Those evacuations, and pre-evacuation notices for others nearby, were lifted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

It was first reported on Rabbit Mountain, on Bureau of Land Management land.

The U.S. Forest Service and La Plata County said 73 firefighters were working the fire, along with a large air tanker, Chinook helicopter, another helicopter and two single-engine air tankers.

A Type 3 crew is leading management of the fire, whose cause is still under investigation.

Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect on the San Juan National Forest on Wednesday as southwestern Colorado deals with extreme and exceptional drought conditions. Much of western Colorado is moving to Stage 1 restrictions this week.