Lightner Creek Fire Update 7-3-17

Lightner Creek Fire
Posted on 06/29/2017

UPDATED: Monday, July 3, 2017 @ 10:30 am

Lightner Creek Fire - All Evacuations/Pre-Evacuations Lifted - CRs 207, 208 still closed to the public

The Lightner Creek Fire was 95 percent contained by Monday morning due to the continued hard work of the firefighters. The current fire size is 412 acres, however this increase from what was previously reported is due to more accurate mapping, and not an increase in perimeter growth.

On Sunday, all remaining residents that had been evacuated were allowed to return home. The roads will remain closed to the public, and only residents with Rapid Tag cards issued from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will be allowed in the area. Residents can expect to continue to see firefighting resources in their community.

All recreation trails in the “Test Tracks” west of downtown Durango remain closed; including Hogsback, Leyden and Hidden Valley trails. The Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have closures in place on public lands east of County Road 208. U.S. Forest Service trails in the Dry Fork area leaving the Colorado Trail into the above referenced closure are marked with signs indicating the fire closures in the Perins Peak area.

On Monday, firefighters will patrol the fire’s perimeter and perform any suppression repair that is necessary. Smoke may continue to be visible at times, but is well within the controlled edge of the containment line. Excess resources will continue to be released from the fire as they complete their work.

With the fire nearly at full containment, Rocky Mountain Team Black will transition management of the fire back to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday morning. A type 3 incident management organization – consisting of an incident commander, one engine, and one helicopter - will continue to patrol the fire as necessary.

Please keep the following important factors in mind:
  • While residents may return home, County Roads 207 and 208 remain closed to the public.
  • Only residents may enter these closed areas at this time: No guests or employees may enter until the roads fully reopens.
  • Residents may enter and exit the area as often as needed, but please limit travel during peak fire operations traffic periods from 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. each day.
  • This remains an active fire area, with firefighting operations under way near homes.
  • Please do not disrupt fire operations or obstruct equipment.
  • Do not park along roads. 
  • Smoke, flames and other fire activity is still visible. Please do not report.


  • Flying drones or UAS within or near wildfires without permission could cause injury or death to firefighters and hamper their ability to protect lives, property, and natural cultural resources.
  • Fire managers may suspend aerial firefighting until unauthorized UAS leave the area, which could allow a wildfire to grow larger.
For more information:
  • La Plata County's Twitter (@LaPlataCountyCO) and Facebook (@LaPlataCounty) provide frequent updates on the #lightnercreekfire and related issues and resources.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications on CodeRED at