Breaking News
More () »

Cause released for Durango wildfire that forced evacuations

The Ute Pass Fire, which started Friday, burned 30 acres and caused the evacuation of more than 60 homes.
Credit: Durango Fire & Rescue
Ute Pass Fire near Durango.

DURANGO, Colo. — A wildfire that caused evacuations and burned 30 acres was sparked by a heavy-duty brush mower that hit a rock, the Durango Fire Protection District said Tuesday.

The Ute Pass Fire started Friday afternoon and burned in the area between Horse Gulch and Ute Pass. Evacuations were lifted Saturday for more than 60 homes in the Ute Pass subdivision and the surrounding area, according to La Plata County.

Investigators found that the wildfire was accidental and sparked on private property on Ute Pass Trail, Durango Fire said in a news release Tuesday.

The cause was determined to be a rock strike from a heavy-duty brush mower cutter being used on the property. The spark from the rock strike landed in vegetation that had just been cut with the mower and started the fire, Durango Fire said.

The property owner was forthcoming and helpful in the investigation, and no one will be charged, Durango Fire said.

> Do you have a news tip on this story or any other story? We want to hear from you! Tell us about it by emailing newstips@9news.com.

RELATED: Evacuation orders lifted for La Plata County wildfire

RELATED: High Park Fire near Cripple Creek burns 1,573 acres

SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Wildfires in Colorado


Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER for top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you. Get content and information right now for can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.  


iTunes: http://on9news.tv/itunes
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n 

RELATED: How to customize the stories and alerts you get from 9NEWS


ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA. 

For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9NEWS" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon. 

You can watch videos on demand from our top stories, local politics, investigations, Colorado specific features and even classic 9NEWS videos from the 1980s. If you missed a special program, such as a documentary, you will find them in the "9NEWS Original" channel on the app.

> See a typo in one of our stories? Let us know so we can fix it! Email viewerfeedback@9news.com.

Paid Advertisement