Colorado wildfires displace thousands, prompt national forest closure

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No homes have been lost to the fire, which is 10 percent contained.

In all, more than 2,000 homes have been evacuated.

At about noon, the fire was reported at 91 acres, as firefighters said there was rapid growth. The risky fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.

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. On Wednesday afternoon, the storm was churning up 50 mph winds about 215 miles from Cabo San Lucas. One of the people who made the day possible was the photographer, Alexi Hubbell, who managed to capture the smoke in the background of some of the couple's photos. Voos said, "we're anticipating that we're not going to get a foothold with this thing for a while here".

Multiple neighborhoods have been evacuated, including Wildernest and Mesa Cortina, above 20 Grand Road.

A community meeting was scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Silverthorne Town Hall.

"We really just want to go home".

Moab resident Shane Tangren told the newspaper that he arrived home from work Tuesday evening to find flames nearby.

The fire was expected to grow because of hot, dry and windy weather conditions.

And in southwestern Colorado, residents of about 180 homes were allowed back home because a fire there is no longer considered a threat to the homes.

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). There have been no reports of homes being damaged by the blaze.

The fire is zero percent contained. The closure order is expected to be signed Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and remain in effect until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions.

Extreme fire danger in the southwest has prompted federal land managers to take the unusual step of indefinitely closing public access to an area of national forests larger than CT.

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

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.

A 32-mile (52-km) stretch of U.S. Highway 550, which has served as a buffer for homes on the eastern edge of the fire, was closed on Monday, officials said.

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