416 Fire forces evacuations


A wildfire broke out 10 mi. from Durango, CO on Friday, June 1. Since then, the blaze (now known as the 416 Fire) has forced evacuations from at least 825 homes, with residents of another 760 standing by in pre-evacuation according to FOX31 Denver. By Saturday, the 416 Fire scorched over 2,000 acres, and it wasn’t the only trouble in the Four Corners region: the Ute Park Fire near Cimarron, New Mexico burnt 30,000 acres at the same time.

Our satellite imagery — spanning May 31 (a day before the fire) to June 4 (today, with the fire 10 percent contained) — tells the story of the 416 Fire and the damage it has done. Unlike ground photography, photos from above give insight into how smoke overtook and receded from La Plata County. Now, a red-dyed line of fire retardant traces the affected area, and burn scars are visible within.

Caroline Binley