Wildfire anxiety in Colorado is peaking after a fast-growing blaze west of Silverthorne ignited Tuesday morning and made a hasty run at more than 1,300 houses and condominiums in a pair of neighborhoods, prompting a quick round of mandatory evacuations as authorities rushed to get people out of its path. The risky fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.
Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are struggling with an usually hot spring that came after a winter with little snowfall, priming the forests to burn.
Despite the scale of the 416, there still has been no reports of any deaths or injuries and no homes have burned down.
The fire is one of several blazes burning in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming amid dry conditions and severe drought.
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. The date is not a set-in-stone time for when the fire will be completely contained. MOre than 900 firefighters were trying to control the blaze, according the AP.
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.
The move comes as the residents of over 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate because of a fire that started June 1 in the forest and has spread to about 35 square miles (91 square kilometers).
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The evacuations that were lifted on Thursday covered the areas west of U.S. Highway 550 from mile marker 33.5 at Honeyville north to the Glacier Club entrance at mile marker 39.5, and east of Highway 550 to the Animas River from Mead/Albrecht Lane north to Rockwood.
Erin Sirek with the Summit County Sheriff's Department Residents helps direct a resident with a dog as residents evacuate their homes from a wild fire approaching in the Wildernest neighbourhood near Silverthorne, Colo., on Tuesday. It has burned 100 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests, officials said.
LARAMIE, Wyo. - A wildfire has started in the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming, forcing evacuations of several small communities and backcountry campers.
What caused the 416 Fire remains under investigation.
The Burro Fire, burning 10 miles west of the 416 Fire, has grown to 3,400 acres and has no containment.
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.