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Offbeat Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2,000 evacuations

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

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► Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2 K evacuations amid drought ► DENVER – The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for

In southwest Colorado , officials told residents of nearly 350 homes to be prepared to leave if dry thunderstorms, high heat and gusty winds spread a wildfire that has blackened more than 50 square miles (130 square kilometers) and is seen as extremely dangerous for firefighters.

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

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DENVER — Fire officials cited the threat of dry thunderstorms, high heat and gusty winds Thursday in warning residents of hundreds of homes in southwestern Colorado to prepare to evacuate as more than 1, 000 firefighters struggled to contain a wildfire that has blackened more than 50 square miles

Last Update June 14. Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2 K evacuations amid drought. DENVER – The threat of hot, windy weather and thunderstorms Thursday posed more problems for firefighters battling a Colorado wildfire that has forced residents of more than 1, 000 homes to evacuate and led

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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