Wyoming Badger Creek Fire: Pre-Evacuations and Evacuations Ordered

Wyoming Badger Creek Fire: Pre-Evacuations and Evacuations Ordered

Wyoming Badger Creek Fire: Pre-Evacuations and Evacuations Ordered

"In the mornings, the smoke is incredibly dense from the fire on down into [Durango], and actually on down to the New Mexico state line", she said.

Tuesday's fires were only eight miles away from the closest ski resort. Those living below 20 Grand Road were placed on a pre-evacuation notice.

The 416 Fire was one of several West Coast wildfires that began around June 1.

Another 127 homes were ordered to evacuate, bringing the total to more than 2,100.

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.

"We recognize that this is hard for the local businesses and the local economy and just ask that people just be understanding and patient", Hooley said.

The 416 fire, just north of Durango, Colo., has forced residents of about 2,000 homes to evacuate since it started June 1. "No homes have been lost to the fire".

With fires still burning, wooded areas could be off limits for the rest of the week as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gets ready to enforce a forest closure order. There have been no reports of homes being damaged by the blaze.

Despite all the efforts of firefighters, containment levels have remained at 10 percent during the first 11 days of the wildfire.

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Incident commander Todd Pechota told evacuated residents Saturday that the situation is "going to get worse before it gets better", the Herald reported.

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.

Fire danger on the SJNF remains very high due to exceptional drought and fuel conditions.

Gusting winds and stubborn hot, dry weather in southwestern Colorado helped stoke a largely uncontrolled wildfire that grew by almost a third to more than 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares) on Monday, with more than 2,000 homes under evacuation order.

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. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

The fire had not destroyed any homes as of Tuesday night.

He said the early investigation has ruled out natural causes for the blaze that ignited near a creek that is frequently used as a walkway in a largely blue-collar neighborhood.

The dry conditions and wind in the area were making the fire hard to fight, despite the roughly 70 people who were assigned to the fire, according to the Incident Information System.

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