LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife released new video of the runoff from the recent storms near Durango in La Plata County.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

The video shows dark brown water in the Animas River created from ash and debris from the 416 Fire which started at the beginning on June.

The debris and warmer water temperatures are also causing fish to die.

(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

Seventy degree water can kill some species of Colorado fish.

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Wildlife officials are asking anglers to fish early in the day in the Animas River while fish are struggling to survive in the warm, ash-thickened water.

Mud flows are likely to last for months.

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– 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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