Fires And Drought Close Forests In Colorado And New Mexico

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

Eyewitness images reveal devastation of Colorado wildfires (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The fire was reported Tuesday near the town of Silverthorne in Summit County, which is home to several ski resorts. The date is not a set-in-stone time for when the fire will be completely contained.

Some couples have sparks, but this one has a wildfire.

As of June 12, the Burro Fire east of Dolores scorched nearly 2,684 acres in the forest, and the 416 Fire north of Durango has scorched more than 23,000 acres around the Hermosa Creek drainage.

It has burned 100 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, officials said.

"We've got to watch the fire and the activity and what it's going to do", he said.

"We really just want to go home". The bride wrote on her Instagram that the last-minute change made the day hectic but that she was thankful for everyone who helped pull it off. "Thank you to the firefighters working hard to keep the Durango community safe, we are so grateful".

Across the region, the dry winter has led to a unsafe fire season as firefighters battle blazes in Utah, Wyoming, Washington and California.

The 416 Fire wildfire in southwestern Colorado continued to grow after more than doubling in size over the weekend amid dry, gusty conditions.

The incident commander says firefighters are doing their best to get it under control.

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The closure will remain until sufficient precipitation eases the fire danger.

A fire reported Tuesday in a part of Colorado known for its ski resorts has forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes.

The Buffalo Fire is burning southwest of downtown Silverthorne near the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina neighborhoods, and both areas are under evacuation orders.

Several wildfires in Colorado have prompted thousands of home evacuations and the closing of a national forest, fire officials said.

The so-called Badger Creek Fire began Sunday and had grown to about 11 square miles by Thursday morning.

Fire crews finally have a handle on the Ute Park blaze burning in northern New Mexico, which has burned more than 57 square miles.

There also is an exception in the Sandia district for Foothills Trail No. 365, the Sandia Peak Tram and the Sandia Ranger District Administrative site, which includes the Tijeras Pueblo, trail, programs and facilities, forest officials said in a news release.

However, due to the steep, thick forests, fire crews are struggling to contain the fire on its western flank.

No buildings have been destroyed so far, but flames had crept to within a few hundred yards of homes, with multiple aircraft dropping water and flame retardant, according to Inciweb, an interagency fire report.

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