East Canyon fire remains stable at 2,800 acres

Firefighters continued to make progress Thursday on the East Canyon Fire burning west of Durango.

The fire has not grown in several days, remaining at 2,860 acres and 17% containment, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said in a news release.

“Lighter winds on Thursday allowed firefighters to make good progress in securing the fireline,” officials wrote in the release.

A Red Flag Warning on burning is in effect from noon until 9 p.m. Friday, with gusty winds up to 30 miles per house expected on ridge tops.

Firefighters on Friday will continue to work on the perimeter of the fire, with primary focus on securing the south end of the flames, officials said.

A spokeswoman for the operation on Wednesday expressed cautious optimism that they could finish their efforts by next week, though the area badly needs moisture to prevent a long summer of similar flare-ups.

Lightning sparked the fire Sunday, causing evacuations and road closures in the area.

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