The fenced-in outdoor shelter, which would be located near the city’s dog park would have designated tent sites, port-a-potties and water.
The remnants of Hurricane Bud slowed the growth of the 416 Fire in Durango and brought rain across the state.
River guides, pot shops, art galleries, musicians, farmer's markets and even the famous narrow gauge railroad are feeling the pinch.
The residents of about 180 homes out of the 1,900 evacuated because of the 416 Fire returned home today.
The 416 Fire and other high-profile blazes won't be the last wildfires to cause concern in Colorado.
Ranches, ski resorts and national forests have closed during their peak tourism seasons because of the blazes in southwestern Colorado.
National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.
Over 2,800 square miles of public land in southwestern Colorado will be closed to campers, hikers and bikers because of the fire danger.
Fire managers say they expect the fire to reach the evacuees' homes within 12 to 36 hours.