Central Colorado wildfire likely human-caused

Central Colorado wildfire likely human-caused

Central Colorado wildfire likely human-caused

The Badger Creek Fire in southern Wyoming exploded in size.

The 416 Fire continues to threaten homes and land in southwestern Colorado The wildfire, which initially ignited about 10 miles north of Durango on June 1, has ripped through 27,420 acres and is only 15 percent contained.

This fire prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes.

By Thursday, the blaze burning 67 miles west of Denver had consumed 91 acres and was still growing, thanks to gusty winds, according to Inciweb.

Fires are raging across Colorado, keeping crews busy as they fight to protect homes from flames fueled by drought, tinder-dry air and Rocky Mountain winds.

"Under current conditions, one abandoned campfire or spark could cause a catastrophic wildfire, and we are not willing to take that chance with the natural and cultural resources under our protection and care or with human life and property", said Richard Bustamante, SJNF forest fire staff officer.

Officials placed the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest neighborhoods under the mandatory evacuation Tuesday, KUSA-TV reported.

"We were just happy to get back".

The 416 Fire - the largest wildfire in the state - has burned more than 25,000 acres near the state's border with New Mexico, firefighters' spokeswoman Jamie Knight said Wednesday.

The City of Pueblo also said it will be deploying a Type 1 fire apparatus to assist with fire, including four personnel Tuesday evening.


More than 1,000 firefighters are responding to put the blaze out.

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.

This week, authorities in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico closed recreational areas and enacted fire restrictions because of the high fire danger.

LARAMIE, Wyo. - A wildfire has started in the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming, forcing evacuations of several small communities and backcountry campers.

The Forest Service will declare a forest-wide Stage 3 fire closure.

"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.

Nearby, the Burro Fire has now grown to 2,829 acres with heavy fuels driving the fire growth and behavior. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

Fire officials are monitoring storm activity to see how it will affect planned back-burns today.

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