No word yet on reopening road near Colo. wildfires

DEL NORTE — There’s no word yet on when U.S. Highway 160 will reopen in southwestern Colorado.

The highway, an important link to the Durango area, was closed Wednesday for the seventh straight day between Wolf Creek Pass and Pagosa Springs. Fires in the West Fork fire complex are burning both north and south of the roadway.

The Durango Herald reports that businesses on both sides of the pass are pushing for the road to reopen.

Fire spokeswoman Laura McConnell says there are no plans to reopen it yet. Helicopters are dropping water along the road to cool the ground but a sudden run by the fires remains a concern. There are also a lot of fire trucks on the road and aircraft above it that might make it dangerous to reopen the road now.



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