DURANGO, Colorado. – A vast forest closed because of extreme fire danger in the southwest of Colorado will re-open on Thursday, after the obtaining of steady rain.
An announcement from the San Juan National Forest said Wednesday that up to 1.5 inches of rain fell in some parts of the 2,800 square miles (7,252 sq km) forest over two days, more than typically falls during an entire average June. Meteorologists and fire behavior experts say the fire conditions moderated, and they do not expect them to return to extreme conditions for the expected arrival of the summer rainy season.
The rain, the remnants of Hurricane Bud, put a damper on a wildfire that has burned 53 square miles (137 square kilometers) north of Durango. Residents of more than 2,000 evacuated homes are all allowed back.
The forest closure began June 12.