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Evacuation orders lifted for La Plata County wildfire

The fire northeast of Durango started around 4 p.m. Friday.

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire that started Friday afternoon forced the evacuation of more than 60 homes northeast of Durango. 

According to a release from La Plata County, the 30-acre Ute Pass Fire started around 4 p.m. in the area between Horse Gulch and Ute Pass. As of Saturday evening, it was 50% contained.

The release said 60 homes in the Ute Pass subdivision and several more on County Road 237 were evacuated. 

That evacuation order was lifted Friday night, but the area remains on pre-evacuation alert. 

Ute Pass Road remains closed while crews from Durango Fire Protection District, the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control and the U.S. Forest Service work on the fire, according to the release. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

This is a developing situation. This article will be updated as additional information is confirmed.

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