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US The Latest: Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding

22:50  09 june  2018
22:50  09 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Raging fire in Colorado grows 40 percent as more homes evacuated

  Raging fire in Colorado grows 40 percent as more homes evacuated Colorado officials ordered another 300 homes in the southwestern part of the state evacuated on Friday as a massive wildfire grew 40 percent larger than it had been the day before after jumping a highway that had previously been a barrier on its east side. Residents oColorado officials ordered another 300 homes in the southwestern part of the state evacuated on Friday as a massive wildfire grew 40 percent larger than it had been the day before after jumping a highway that had previously been a barrier on its east side.

"DURANGO, Colo. — The Latest on a wildfire in southwestern Colorado (all times local): 12 p.m. A wildfire that prompted evacuations from about 1,300 homes

A wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado has forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes, and hundreds more residents More homes are being evacuated because of the wildfire burning in southwest Colorado . Residents were warned in advance to leave Thursday morning because of the

In this photo provided by Jerry Day, an aircraft makes a fire retardant drop on a wildfire in the mountains and forests near Durango, Colo., Friday, June 8, 2018. Authorities in southwest Colorado ordered the evacuations of another 300 homes Friday to allow firefighters to attack an advancing flank of a wildfire, known as the 416 fire, that burned miles of rugged terrain, but had yet to damage or destroy any structures. La Plata County's latest order follows the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes earlier along U.S. Highway 550, a key artery connecting the cities of Durango and Silverton, roughly 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of the Four Corners Monument that connects Colorado with Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. (Jerry Day via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by Jerry Day, an aircraft makes a fire retardant drop on a wildfire in the mountains and forests near Durango, Colo., Friday, June 8, 2018. Authorities in southwest Colorado ordered the evacuations of another 300 homes Friday to allow firefighters to attack an advancing flank of a wildfire, known as the 416 fire, that burned miles of rugged terrain, but had yet to damage or destroy any structures. La Plata County's latest order follows the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes earlier along U.S. Highway 550, a key artery connecting the cities of Durango and Silverton, roughly 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of the Four Corners Monument that connects Colorado with Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. (Jerry Day via AP)

DURANGO, Colo. — The Latest on a wildfire in southwestern Colorado (all times local):

Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen

  Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday and was expected to continue to grow Sunday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said. An additional 220 homes were evacuated Saturday, said Megan Graham, a spokeswoman for La Plata County, Colorado.The total number of homes evacuated during the fires burning in southwest Colorado has reached more than 1,300 residential structures, Graham said, and the fire had burnt more than 8,691 acres, according to the last aerial survey, early Saturday, she said.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP)-- The Latest on a wildfire in southwestern Colorado (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Authorities have ordered more people to evacuate near a growing wildfire in southwestern Colorado .

(AP) — The Latest on a wildfire in southwestern Colorado (all times local) Extreme fire danger is shutting southwestern Colorado 's San Juan National Forest, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought.

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A wildfire that prompted evacuations from about 1,300 homes in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 14 square miles (35 square kilometers).

Authorities said Saturday that hot, dry weather this weekend could make things harder for crews trying to control the fire north of Durango. It was 10 percent contained.

Fire managers say no homes have been destroyed.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Saturday that smoke has reached unhealthy levels in La Plata County as far south as the Colorado-New Mexico border.

The area includes the communities of Durango and Hermosa and the Southern Ute Reservation.

The fire started June 1 but the cause hasn't been determined. It comes amid a severe drought in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

National forest to close in Colorado because of fire danger

  National forest to close in Colorado because of fire danger Over 2,800 square miles (7,252 square kilometers) of public land in southwestern Colorado will be closed to campers, hikers and bikers because of the fire danger.DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Over 2,800 square miles (7,252 square kilometers) of public land in southwestern Colorado will be closed to campers, hikers and bikers because of the fire danger.

National forest to close in Colorado because of fire danger : The Latest : Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding A wildfire that prompted eva © The Associated Press In this Saturday, June 9, 2018 photo, a wildfire burns on the east side of Hermosa Cliffs near Hermosa, Colo.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire in southwestern Colorado (all times local)

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Health officials have issued an air quality alert in southwestern Colorado because of heavy smoke from a wildfire.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Saturday that smoke has reached unhealthy levels in La Plata County as far south as the Colorado-New Mexico border.

The area includes the communities of Durango and Hermosa and the Southern Ute Reservation.

Officials say the smoke should begin to lessen and move northeast later Saturday.

The fire has burned more than 11 square miles (29 square kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of up to 1,300 homes. No homes have been destroyed.

The fire started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest but the cause hasn't been determined. It comes amid a severe drought in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

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9:25 a.m.

Emergency responders say they've kept a week-old wildfire in southwestern Colorado from destroying any houses so far.

Firefighters battle Colorado wildfire under dry, hot conditions

  Firefighters battle Colorado wildfire under dry, hot conditions Firefighters battling a raging wildfire in southwestern Colorado faced more hot, dry conditions and gusty winds on Tuesday, officials said. The 416 Fire has already forced people to flee about 2,000 homes in the 11 days since it started while pre-evacuation notices were issued for another 127 homes on Monday, officials in La Plata County said.© REUTERS A satellite image shows the 416 Wildfire burning west of Highway 550 and northwest of Hermosa, Colorado Temperatures would reach the mid 80s Fahrenheit (around 30 Celsius) and winds up to 25 miles (40 km) an hour on Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service said.

sting winds and stubborn hot, dry weather in southwestern Colorado helped stoke a largely uncontrolled wildfire that grew by nearly a third to more than 22,000 A satellite image shows the 416 Wildfire burning west of Highway 550 and northwest of Hermosa, Colorado , U.S., June 10, 2018.

The 416 Fire began June 1 near Durango, Colorado . La Plata County Manager Joanne Spina declared a state of local disaster that day as a result of the fire , which led 1,500 residents to evacuate. The Latest : Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding .

A wildfire that prompted evacuations

The Durango Herald reports that no homes had been lost by late Friday to the fire, which has blackened more than 11 square miles (29 square kilometers).

As many as 1,300 homes have been evacuated.

The fire started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest but the cause hasn't been determined. It comes amid a severe drought in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

Colorado fire grows, prompts evacuation

  Colorado fire grows, prompts evacuation Nearly 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado as the Buffalo wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire & EMS. The fire began Tuesday and has burned 91 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, officials said.

A man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest . Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody for suspected arson that.

In southwestern Colorado , the 47,031-acre 416 wildfire north of Durango, burning west of Highway 550 About 6 miles south of Fairplay along Weston Pass, a wildfire expanded to 4,138 acres and was threatening 250 homes Sunday afternoon, firefighter team spokeswoman Pam Wilson said.

Traffic is restricted on U.S. Highway 550 because of heavy firefighter activity.

More than 680 firefighters and several aircraft are on scene. The fire is only 10 percent contained.

Crews battling U.S. wildfires face hot, dry conditions before wet weather .
<p>Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. southwest will face windy and dry conditions on Friday before possibly getting a reprieve over the weekend when widespread showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast.</p>Red flag warnings are in effect for southern Nevada, southern Utah and western Colorado, where winds gusts could reach 45 miles (72 km) an hour and humidity could reach around 10 percent on Friday, the National Weather Service said.

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