Another Fire Breaks Out in Southwestern Colorado as East Canyon Wildfire Rages Nearby

A new fire broke out Tuesday afternoon, June 16, near the site of the growing East Canyon wildfire in southwestern Colorado, officials said.

Durango Fire Rescue shared this video of a plane dropping flame retardant near the fire, which reports said encompassed 75 acres near Bondad and was zero percent contained. The ‘Six Shooter Fire,’ named after the canyon where it started, broke out Tuesday afternoon, Durango Fire Protection District Chief Hal Doughty told the Durango Herald.

Some areas of greater La Plata County were already under evacuation orders due to the East Canyon fire, which had burned over 2,700 acres by Tuesday evening and was just five percent contained.

According to the Durango Herald, “Fires are breaking out across Southwest Colorado at an alarming rate, with several active firefighting efforts, including the East Canyon Fire and the Loading Pen Fire north of Dolores.” Credit: Durango Fire Rescue via Storyful