Offbeat Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2,000 evacuations

19:53  14 june  2018
19:53  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Crews gain ground on New Mexico wildfire as Colorado blaze rages

  Crews gain ground on New Mexico wildfire as Colorado blaze rages Sunday's rains helped subdue part of a New Mexico wildfire, allowing the 1,100 residents of Cimarron to return to their homes by midday on Monday, but a second fire in neighboring Colorado was largely uncontained, officials said.The two fires, burning about 250 miles (400 km) apart in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, have blackened nearly 39,000 acres combined since last Thursday, federal fire officials said.

(Reuters) – Gusting winds and continued dry weather in southwestern Colorado helped to fan a largely uncontrolled wildfire that grew by nearly one-third to more than 22,000 acres on Monday, forcing the evacuation of more than 2 , 000 homes.

A growing wildfire in southwestern Colorado forced more people from their homes Sunday as crews tried to slow the blaze being fed by hot, dry and windy conditions. (Reuters) – A largely unchecked Colorado wildfire nearly doubled in size from Saturday to…

As the sun sets, smoke rises from a 416 Fire burn area west of the Falls creek Ranch subdivision late Wednesday, June 13, 2018, near Durango, Colo. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) © The Associated Press As the sun sets, smoke rises from a 416 Fire burn area west of the Falls creek Ranch subdivision late Wednesday, June 13, 2018, near Durango, Colo. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

DENVER — National Forest Service officials told residents of 163 more homes near the fire in the southwestern Colorado to be ready to leave Thursday — as well as residents who had been allowed to return to 180 homes on Wednesday.

Dry thunderstorms and gusty winds have expanded a San Juan National Forest wildfire that has forced evacuations of more than 1,900 homes.

The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango has blackened more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) and forced officials to close the San Juan National Forest in the Four Corners Region.

The Latest: Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding

  The Latest: Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding <p>A wildfire that prompted evacuations from about 1,300 homes in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 14 square miles (35 square kilometers).</p>12 p.m.

The so-called 416 Fire in southwest Colorado had burned nearly 17, 000 acres by Sunday morning, an area larger than Manhattan. Growing Colorado wildfire forces more evacuations .

A wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in southwestern Colorado has nearly doubled in size in hot, dry and windy weather. New Mexico, Colorado Wildfires Force Hundreds To Evacuate . Fires in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado have raged over more than 17, 000

The Four Corners region where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet is in the middle of a large swath of exceptional drought, the worst category of drought.

Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earth .
<p>Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region.</p>Smoke is seen from a fire in this aerial shot above Cimarron, N.M., on June 1, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.

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