The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1,000 homes to evacuate and led to warnings for others to get ready to leave. The risky fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.
A new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains is dangerously close to a ski resort town.
The fire has been raging for almost two weeks, but not a single home has been lost and no injuries have been reported.
It's been two weeks since the 416 Fire broke out just north of Durango.
The cause of the blaze, which is being called the 416 Fire, which started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest, has not been determined.
The so-called Badger Creek Fire, burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest, was listed at 150 acres (60 hectares) with zero containment on Monday morning, but had expanded by late afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said by telephone. A pre-evacuation notice is in effect for the community of Foxborough.
Residents who live on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 from mile marker 33.5 at Honeyville north to the Glacier Club entrance at mile marker 39.5 were allowed to return.More news: Fortnite PS4, Switch issue: Gamers are mad, Sony seems unfazed
"Residents of over 2,000 homes have been ordered to evacuate because of a fire that started in the forest north of Durango, which doubled in size to about 25 square miles over the weekend". The SJNF implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on May 1, then Stage 2 fire restrictions on June 1, but conditions continued to worsen. MOre than 900 firefighters were trying to control the blaze, according the AP.
Summit County is now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and animal control reminds the public to keep pets from eating vegetation covered in fire retardant.
Due to the extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service closed the entire, almost 3,000-square-mile San Juan National Forest to the public on Tuesday.
"Things are looking really good around the two subdivisions at this time", Jim Genung, with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, said at a news conference.
This week, authorities in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico closed recreational areas and enacted fire restrictions because of the high fire danger. It's the first full closure of a Colorado national forest since 2002. It remained 15 percent contained. On-going road closures due to the 416 Fire will continue to be managed by the La Plata County Sherriff.
On Wednesday, a fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab.