DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) — The 416 Fire burning north of Durango has grown to more than 27,000 acres.
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The wildfire is only 15 percent contained but there is good news: some evacuation orders have been lifted along Highway 550.
Residents of 744 homes are being allowed to return on Wednesday afternoon, along with 20 businesses.
DURANGO, CO – JUNE 12: Colorado state patrol officers help maintain road closures on County Road 205 on June 12, 2018 in Durango, Colorado. The fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Durango, started June 1 and has now burned 25,900 acres. No homes have burned and no firefighters have been injured. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A total of 1,375 homes are still evacuated and 1,264 pre-evacuation notices remain in effect.
Fire officials believe the fire will grow on the northwest flank on Wednesday.
Art Nichols watches helicopters fly by as he mows his lawn along Highway 550 as the large plume of the 416 Fire begins to build in the San Juan National Forest on June 12, 2018 in Hermosa. (credit: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
What caused the fire is being investigated.
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DURANGO, CO – JUNE 12: The Dry Fork trail in the San Juan National Forest is one of many trails closed as a result of the 416 fire on June 12, 2018 in Durango, Colorado. The fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Durango, started June 1 and has burned over 22,000 acres. The county enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions and made the unusual move to close the San Juan National Forest as the 416 Fire continues to burn. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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