Evacuated residents are asked to check in at the evacuation center to receive credentials for re-entry when conditions allow the evacuation order to be lifted.
Authorities have ordered more people to evacuate near a growing wildfire in southwestern Colorado. So far firefighters have been able to keep it west of Highway 550, and until Friday it was east of Hermosa Creek.
A type-1 incident management team took command of the fire Saturday morning, meaning additional resources will be deployed to contain it.
Large smoke columns visible Sunday from Durango came as fire behavior intensified near the Lower Hermosa Campground and burned conifer stands.
"It's still a fan on the fire", Oravec said.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued for 220 residences in the Falls Creek Ranch and High Meadows subdivisions and for residences on the west side of County Road 203 between Trimble Lane and Cometti/Mead Lanes on Saturday, La Plata County Government said. Officials said evacuees will be escorted through the closure zone, adding there was also a closure point at Silverton. The fire in this area is behaving as predicted, according to fire authorities.
No structures have been lost.
Aircraft are monitoring the fire's west flank.
La Plata County officials said there are 813 people fighting the fire. Firefighters on the ground and in the air were still battling the blaze.
A plane drops fire-retardant chemicals on the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, U.S.in this June 9, 2018 handout photo. The combination of weather and fuel conditions created the potential for significant fire intensity and growth.
A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday and was expected to continue to grow Sunday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said.
Officials closed U.S. Highway 550 Friday afternoon due to fire activity.
The cause of the blaze, which is being called the 416 Fire, which started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest, has not been determined.
Elsewhere, the National Weather Service issued a dense smoke weather warning for Highway 550 corridor from Molas Pass through Durango and down to the New Mexico state line, as well as the Highway 160 corridor between Hesperus and Bayfield, extending east past Pagosa Springs.
Since the fire was first reported on June 1, about 1,309 homes have been evacuated.
As the weather persists, La Plata County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to consider enacting Stage 3 fire restrictions.