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Air, Ground Attack Continues On Lightner Fire

DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) – The air and ground attack will continue Friday on the Lightner Fire as some evacuations are lifted.

According to Durango Fire & Rescue, the fire is estimated at 20 percent containment after scorching 362 acres.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office lifted restrictions in the area of County Road 206 and also opened the road on Friday afternoon. The pre-evacuations were lifted at Westwood Apartments.

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Lightner Fire (credit: CBS)

The fire, which is about two miles west of Durango, started when a home caught fire Wednesday. It quickly spread due to strong winds, forcing the evacuation of hundreds in the area and putting others on standby to leave.

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(credit: Jerry McBride)

On Thursday, Governor John Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency, which allowed the Colorado National Guard to provide support if needed.

Air tankers have been making drops on the fire, but had to stop at one point Wednesday when a drone flew into the fire area. That pilot could face charges.

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Lightner Fire (credit: CBS)

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Lightner Fire (credit: CBS)

A Type II Incident Management team took over the command of the fire attack Friday morning, with ground crews increasing to 100 firefighters Thursday evening. More were expected to arrive.

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Lightner Creek Fire (credit: La Plata County)

Calmer winds and cooler temperatures Friday are expected to help in the attack.

A community hotline on the fire has been established. That number is 970-385-8700.

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