US Firefighters battle Colorado wildfire under dry, hot conditions

16:46  12 june  2018
16:46  12 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Colorado firefighters braced for continued difficult wind and dry heat through mid-week as they battled Another wildfire in southwestern Colorado near Dolores has expanded to nearly 500 acres, forcing closure of the Colorado Trail. “It is just extreme dry conditions : Drought and wind.”

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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.

smoke coming from it: A satellite image shows the 416 Wildfire burning west of Highway 550 and northwest of Hermosa, Colorado© 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. Humidity was expected to stay low, at around 6 percent, it added.

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Crews hoping to contain a deadly wildfire burning in rugged Some 3,000 firefighters battling the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest extended containment lines around 40 percent of the 38,350-acre (15,520 hectare) on Wednesday, according to fire information officer Sam Wu.

'It Feels Like It's Alive': Firefighters Battle California Blaze. 02:02. A wildfire driven by erratic winds and exceptionally dry conditions continued to rage Monday near Los Angeles, with firefighters likely still days away from getting it under control.

After doubling in size from Saturday to Sunday, the wildfire, 13 miles north of the small city of Durango, covered 20,131 acres (8,147 hectares) and was just 15 percent contained, the service said.

The 416 Fire - named after its emergency service call number - is by far the largest of at least a half-dozen blazes raging across Colorado.

A 32-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 550, which has served as a buffer for homes on the eastern edge of the fire, was closed, officials said.

All 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado were due to be closed to visitors by Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, citing the fire danger.

No buildings have been destroyed so far, but flames had crept to within a few hundred yards of homes. Aircraft have been dropping water and flame retardant, according to fire information website InciWeb.

The site said containment was not expected before the end of the month.

The National Weather Service posted red-flag warnings for extreme fire danger for large portions of the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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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