The 441 fire is a lightning-caused fire, located roughly 5 miles east of Durango, 8 miles north of Highway 160, and 2.5 miles north of County Road 240 on the Columbine Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. It was discovered July 13th and is approximately 330 acres in size. The fire is located in an area that will allow fire to play its natural role in our fire-adapted ecosystem. Fire fighters are working to establish control lines along existing trails and some of these trails are now closed as a result. See the closure tab on this site for a map of the closure area and the text of the closure order.
The fire is burning in Ponderosa Pine and an area of significant dead and down within the Missionary Ridge fire scar. This type of wildfire will be allowed to naturally burn through this area to remove fuels that could feed future, severe wildfires. While there is no set end date for the wildfire, forest managers have identified a planning area of about 2,000 acres within which it can grow. However, smoke is likely to become more visible over the coming days as the fire spreads within the defined planning area. Smoke may be visible from Durango Hills, County Road 240, Highway 160, Gem Village, and Bayfield.
Update from 7/28/2019: The fire is still smoldering within its containment lines, but little smoke is visible. The closure order for area trails is still in effect.