Hot, dry conditions help fuel fast-moving wildfires in the West

Extreme fire danger in the West forces another national forest to close

Extreme fire danger in the West forces another national forest to close

Fire officials have been expecting a busy wildfire season after a dry winter, possibly the worst since 2012 and 2013, when the Black Forest Fire in El Paso County destroyed almost 500 homes, the most in state history.

Voos says 393 homes in the area have been evacuated since the fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest was first reported on Sunday.

As of Wednesday afternoon there were 43 large fires burning in 12 states throughout the country: Alaska, Washington, California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida. The wildfire has two heads and is moving both north and east causing several communities to evacuate and Highway 230 to close.

Flames engulf trees in the Wildernest neighbourhood.

"(The Burro Fire) is a very terrain-driven fire, and is burning wherever it wants to go in mixed conifer and steep conditions", he said.

And in southwestern Colorado, residents of about 180 homes were allowed back home because a fire there is no longer considered a threat to the homes.

Incident commander Todd Pechota told evacuated residents Saturday that the situation is "going to get worse before it gets better", the Herald reported.

A wildfire in Colorado that has burned over 22,000 acres is forcing San Juan National Forest to close its doors to visitors and employees.


Per officials, the closure will remain in effect "until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions".

More than 1,000 firefighters will fight the fire Wednesday.

Extreme fire danger in the southwest has prompted federal land managers to take the unusual step of indefinitely closing public access to an area of national forests larger than CT.

Firefighters battled to gain control over several large wildfires in Colorado on Tuesday, including two fires burning at opposite ends of the state that have prompted the evacuation of more than 3,500 homes and the closure of a national forest.

Moab city officials say in a statement that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex and has been contained.

More burnouts are expected on the southwest perimeter of the fire near Junction Creek Road (County Road 204) in an effort to create a safe burn zone for the fire and eventually a containment line. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

In Utah, a fast moving fire destroyed multiple structures including 8 homes.

Police said the early investigation has ruled out natural causes for the blaze that ignited near a creek that is frequently used as a walkway in a largely blue-collar neighborhood.

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