Fires And Drought Close Forests In Colorado And New Mexico

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More burnouts are expected on the southwest perimeter of the fire near Junction Creek Road (County Road 204) in an effort to create a safe burn zone for the fire and eventually a containment line. "Things are looking really pretty good right now".

Scattered thunderstorms are expected for Friday in the area of the Burro Fire, but it could also bring lightning that could trigger additional fires, officials said. Springtime predictions of a wild summer of blazes across the state appear to be proving themselves true - and with a fervor.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said the state was allocating many resources for the fires in the states.

"As soon as they raise the level (to extreme), then we'll go ahead and implement closures", Clelland said.

A plane drops fire-retardant chemicals on the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, this June 9, 2018 handout photo.

The so-called 416 Fire has forced the evacuation of about 2,150 homes since the blaze started on June 1.

A wildfire in Colorado that has burned over 22,000 acres is forcing San Juan National Forest to close its doors to visitors and employees.

No one has been hurt and no structures have burned down, Graham said.

The Buffalo fire is burning in an area of unincorporated Summit County near the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina subdivisions - where residents of about 1,400 units were ordered to flee immediately. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for the community of Foxborough.

The fire has destroyed some structures, but investigators have not said how many or what type.

Approximately 50 firefighters are now on the ground, with 100 inbound.

Firefighters are braced for more dry weather as they battle to put out raging wildfires in the Centennial State. Exemptions might be granted on a case-by-case basis with a written authorization from the Forest Service, which would include specific requirements for fire prevention. This year, almost 24,000 wildfires have burned more than 1.7 million acres across the country. "We haven't received any information on that yet".

Almost 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado, and over 1,000 other homes could be in danger as the Buffalo Mountain wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire & EMS. "I called my mom to see if a fire was reported, and she said there was and that we need to get off the mountain".

An overnight shelter has been opened for evacuees at Frisco Elementary School.

In all, more than 2,000 homes have been evacuated. To the north, it has reached Hillside Drive and Grindstone Road, and has also reached a previously logged area where it has slowed down. Albuquerque Fire Rescue now has listed the fire danger at very high.

A host of recreational trails near the fire have been closed indefinitely.

Summit County Animal Control is helping to retrieve pets.

Staff writers Kirk Mitchell and Kieran Nicholson contributed to this reported.

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