DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) — More people living near the 416 Fire burning north of Durango who were evacuated are being allowed to return home on Thursday.

Another 375 homes and 19 businesses were in the area where the evacuation orders were lifted. That’s more than half of those initially evacuated.

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HERMOSA, CO – JUNE 14: Coty Newby, a firefighter with a Type II hand crew with Idaho Department of Lands, prepares his gear with his crew before heading out for the day on the fire line of the 416 Fire on June 14, 2018 in Hermosa, Colorado. The fire is estimated at about 32,000 acres with only 15% containment. Predicted thunderstorms may bring strong outflow winds and increase the potential for extreme fire behavior today. The fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Durango, started June 1. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The fire has grown to more than 29,000 acres and is burning mostly in pine beetle kill timber areas.

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DURANGO, CO – JUNE 12: The smoke from the 416 fire obscures the sun as it continues to burn 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)

PHOTO GALLERY: 416 Fire

The wildfire is only 15 percent contained but there is good news: some evacuation orders have been lifted along Highway 550.

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HERMOSA, CO – JUNE 13: Burned trees and scorched earth can be seen in the forest where the 416 fire burned on June 13, 2018 near Hermosa, Colorado. The fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Durango, started June 1 and has now burned 26,500 acres. The fire is 15% contained. No homes have burned and no firefighters have been injured. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Additional Information from the La Plata County Sheriff:

Residents, businesses along U.S Highway 550 north from Honeyville to Glacier Club on west; Mead/Albrecht Lane north to Rockwood can re-enter from noon to 8 p.m.

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HERMOSA, CO – JUNE 14: Durango resident Ted Hood stands along Highway 550 and waves to firefighters as they head back out to the 416 Fire on June 14, 2018 in Hermosa, Colorado. The fire is estimated at about 32,000 acres with only 15% containment. Predicted thunderstorms may bring strong outflow winds and increase the potential for extreme fire behavior today. Hood has been standing along the firefighter’s route every single morning for almost a week to show his support for the hundreds of people working the fire. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, residents and businesses evacuated due to the #416Fire on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 from mile marker 33.5 at Honeyville north to the Glacier Club entrance at mile marker 39.5 can return to their homes and businesses. This includes Animas Village and Pine Acres.

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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)

Residents and businesses on the east side of U.S. Highway 550 to the Animas River from Mead/Albrecht Lane north to Rockwood may also return to their homes and businesses. This includes The Ranch and Goodman subdivisions.

In total, 375 residences and 19 businesses can re-enter beginning at noon Thursday.

In order to enter these areas, residents must show their RapidTag credentials, which are available at Trimble Crossing at the intersection of U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane and at the highway’s northern closure point at mile marker 49.5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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HERMOSA, CO – JUNE 12: A large helicopter passes homes as it returns for water after making a water drop on the 416 fire on June 12, 2018 in Hermosa, Colorado. The fire, burning 23 miles northwest of Durango, started June 1 and has burned over 22,000 acres. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

These residences and businesses will remain under pre-evacuation orders, and residents will be subject to the limited opening hours of U.S. Highway 550, which will close Thursday at 8 p.m. The highway is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with law enforcement escort.

Law enforcement escorts for through traffic on U.S. Highway will continue during the re-entry period.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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