Perins Peak fire update: Wildfire near Durango is likely human caused, officials say

Fire officials said the Perins Peak fire, burning northwest of Durango, was likely human caused.

The blaze, which started on Tuesday afternoon, has burned 105 acres on Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife land.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation and is suspected to be a human-caused ignition,” fire officials said on Wednesday.

A pre-evacuation notice has been ordered for County Road 208 and the Dry Fork and Rock Ridge subdivisions along with County Road 206 to Colorado 160.

Cool overnight weather with calm winds resulted in little to no fire growth, Durango Fire Rescue said on Wednesday morning. The fire was expected to flare up during the afternoon Wednesday as temperatures climb into the mid-70s in the area.

On Tuesday fire suppression efforts were carried out by air tankers and helicopters. The fire is burning in inaccessible and rugged terrain; several hot shot crews were hiking back into the fire area on Wednesday. More than 90 firefighters are working on the fire.

On Tuesday the fire spread rapidly from the bottom of Rock Ridge Trail to the top of Perins Peak. It has reached the Lightner Creek fire scar from 2017, according to fire officials.

Hiking trail access has been closed to Overend Mountain Park, Twin Buttes, and the Perins State Wildlife Area.

An air quality alert has been posted for the Durango area on Wednesday until 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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