Thousands evacuated as raging wildfire devastates Colorado homes

Thousands evacuated as raging wildfire devastates Colorado homes

Thousands evacuated as raging wildfire devastates Colorado homes

A growing wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado forced more people from their homes Sunday as crews tried to slow the blaze being fed by continued hot, dry and windy conditions.

It has burned 100 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, officials said. "Things are looking really pretty good right now".

The Badger Creek Fire grew rapidly Monday because of strong winds and dry conditions and had scorched about 3.6 square miles (9.3 square kilometers) of mostly beetle-killed forest. Springtime predictions of a wild summer of blazes across the state appear to be proving themselves true - and with a fervor. "As we have proved time and time again, Coloradans are resilient".

Multiple wildfires are already burning in the area, including the 23,000-acre 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, and the 41,000-acre Buzzard Fire in west-central New Mexico.

A wildfire in Colorado that has burned over 22,000 acres is forcing San Juan National Forest to close its doors to visitors and employees. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for the community of Foxborough. "We have not lost any structures at this point", the agency wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Approximately 50 firefighters are now on the ground, with 100 inbound.

A team of firefighters were at the scene resisting the wildfire, with 50 initially dispatched but more sent later along with helicopters and air tankers. Years ago, he said fire departments were hesitant to commit resources to fighting every fire, and launching a coordinated response to a major blaze could take up to two days. Summit Fire/EMS Chief Jeff Berino said emergency dispatchers were "inundated" with calls.

The start location was reported between the Mesa Cortina and Buffalo Mountain trailheads.

No cause of either the Burro or 46 fires has been determined.

Evacuees are being asked by Albany County to email with accurate contact information so that consistent information sharing can be maintained.

The Summit County Sherriff's Office has issued evacuation orders to those neighborhoods above 20 Grand Road, about half-way up Buffalo Mountain Road.

"We were home when it happened, but most people aren't and so there was a lot of traffic going up to the mountains back up to the top of Wildernest trying to get out".

The Red Cross was opening a shelter for displaced residents at Frisco Elementary School, 800 8th Avenue in Frisco at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Another 127 homes were ordered to evacuate, bringing the total to more than 2,100. To the north, it has reached Hillside Drive and Grindstone Road, and has also reached a previously logged area where it has slowed down.

The National Weather Service in Boulder is calling for a high near 75 degrees in the Frisco-Silverthorne area Tuesday, with overnight lows around 39 degrees.

That means some of the trails in the Sandia foothills will be open in part and closed once hikers leave city property and enter the forest, he said.

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