New Colorado wildfire forcing evacuations

New Colorado wildfire forcing evacuations

New Colorado wildfire forcing evacuations

Wildfire anxiety in Colorado is peaking after a fast-growing blaze west of Silverthorne ignited Tuesday morning and made a hasty run at more than 1,300 houses and condominiums in a pair of neighborhoods, prompting a quick round of mandatory evacuations as authorities rushed to get people out of its path.

Some of the larger wildfires that Colorado has experienced include the 117 Fire, which burned 40,892 acres in April 2018; and 2002's Hayman Fire, which ripped through 138,114 acres and is considered the state's largest wildfire on record.

Voos says 393 homes in the area have been evacuated since the fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest was first reported on Sunday.

Another 127 homes were ordered to evacuate, bringing the total to more than 2,100. Those living below 20 Grand Road were placed on a pre-evacuation notice.

The fire in central Colorado had burned only about 100 acres but was dangerously close to two densely populated housing developments near the town of Silverthorne, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Denver.

What's been dubbed the 416 Fire started burning on June 1 north of Durango.

All residents were allowed to return home starting at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities ordered the residents of 675 homes to evacuate after the fire burning north of Durango almost doubled in size overnight to 26 square miles (67 square kilometers).

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About 50 firefighters were battling the blaze initially, but more were on the way, along with heavy air tankers and helicopters.

National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.

Air resources arrived to help the ground-based fire personnel with the Forest Service, Albany County, and Wyoming State Forestry Division.

San Juan National Forest Supervisor, Kara Chadwick, wants concerned citizens to know that instituting a forest closure is an extremely hard decision, and she is aware that the closure will affect a great many people, businesses, partner agencies, forest management activities, and the public.

Just north of the Colorado border, a blaze near Laramie, Wyoming, exploded in size Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of numerous homes in several small communities and closing roads, the AP reported. The cause of the fire is unknown and is 0 percent contained.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

The move comes as the residents of over 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate because of a fire that started in the forest that has burned about 31 square miles (about 80 square kilometers).

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