COLORADO POLITICS - Gov. John Hickenlooper stressed to reporters Wednesday morning that “Durango is open for business.”
The town is not threatened by the 416 Fire that has burned about 36,000 acres about 10 miles north of Durango, he said.
“If you want to help the people of Durango and LaPlata County, go down and visit,” Colorado’s governor said at a press conference at the Capitol, noting that small businesses pay a price when tourism is disrupted.
The fire, the largest of eight burning across the state, was about 15 percent contained Wednesday morning.
There have been no deaths or reports of injuries, the state’s highest priority, Hickenlooper said.
The governor urged people to stay away from areas under evacuation orders.
“We understand people aren’t as concerned about evacuations when the fire doesn’t appear to them to be imminent,” Hickenlooper said. “The fact of the matter is these fires can move very, very rapidly.”