Thousands evacuated as raging wildfire devastates Colorado homes

416 fire new la plata county Critical Fire Weather In Colorado With Explosive Wildfires Possible

Investigators say a wildfire that scorched an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes, was likely human-caused. The risky fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.

Another wildfire is being fought in Colorado, this time near the town of Silverthorne along the busy Interstate 70 corridor. The full closure, which the Associated Press reports last took place in 2002, does not affect roads that cross through the forest.

A 3-D map looking northwest showing the fires north and northwest of Durango, Colorado.

"Given the fire behavior that we've been seeing and the amount of fire on the landscape and the amount of structures in the area, that's a really good thing", Knight said.

All evacuation orders were lifted Thursday afternoon in Silverthorne as firefighters continue to secure the fire lines on the fire burning on Buffalo Mountain.

He saw the flames taking over the area when he was evacuated Tuesday night and said he was anxious if his home of 15 years would be there when he returned. Some evacuees were set to be allowed to return home Wednesday morning.

A bird flies past smoke from the Badger Creek Fire June 10, 2018 in Mountain Home, Wyo.

Homes in the 1000 block of County Road 204 at Sailing Hawks - 44 in all - are under pre-evac notice as well, La Plata County government said. More than 900 people are fighting the blaze, officials said.

More than 900 firefighters were dealing with rough and inaccessible terrain, and residents of more than 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate since the flames ignited June 1.

West of Denver, near Ski Country, another 1,400 homes were evacuated.

The 416 Fire and a separate fire burning nearby, the so-called Burro Fire, also prompted state parks officials to close several wildlife areas to the public.

UPDATE (2 p.m.): According to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland Twitter, the communities of Beehive, Gramm, & Miller Lake communities are being evacuated by Albany County officials.

The fire has burned about 17 square miles (44 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of almost 400 residences in 10 small communities in the area.

Fire officials held a news conference Thursday where they said the fire is only four miles away from the city of Durango, but they still feel they have it under control.

Firefighters are keeping a close eye on hotspots while the Utah State Fire Marshal investigating what sparked the Cinema Court Fire in Moab that destroyed eight homes, two garages and shop.

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