New Wildfire Erupts Near Colorado Ski Resorts, Houses

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

Another wildfire is being fought in Colorado, this time near the town of Silverthorne along the busy Interstate 70 corridor.

Despite the scale of the 416, there still has been no reports of any deaths or injuries and no homes have burned down.

Crews battling what's called the 416 Fire have their hands full with gusty winds, dry conditions and raging flames.

Fire investigators believe lightning caused the wildfire. The fire only burned about 100 acres (40.5 hectares) but came dangerously close to two densely populated housing developments.

Authorities have issued a forest-wide closure order in Colorado, warning residents and ramblers to stay out of the forest while the threat of wildfires remain high.

Residents of the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest subdivisions were allowed to return home.

The west side of the 416 Fire has been the location of most of the activity recently where it has spread seven miles west of Highway 550 and to within six miles of another blaze, the 2,337-acre Burro Fire. Firefighting costs have reached $12 million since June 1 for the Durango-area wildfire alone, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in suburban Denver.

When Kristy Vogt was placed on pre-evacuation notice, she took to her back yard grabbing a box of sidewalk chalk, and got to work. More than 900 people are fighting the blaze, officials said.

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

"It's going to get worse before it gets better", incident commander Todd Pechota told the Durango Herald.

National forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico have already been shut down as precautions.

The Summit County Sheriff lifted the mandatory evacuation order Thursday afternoon for people in about 1,300 homes near Silverthorne.

Air resources arrived to help the ground-based fire personnel with the Forest Service, Albany County, and Wyoming State Forestry Division.

LARAMIE, Wyo. - A wildfire has started in the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming, forcing evacuations of several small communities and backcountry campers.

The Badger Creek Fire grew rapidly Monday because of strong winds and dry conditions and had scorched about 3.6 square miles (9.3 square kilometers) of mostly beetle-killed forest. The cause of the fire is not known. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

Officials said the blaze was initially emitting embers that were starting spot fires within about 250 feet of homes and structures.

Fire officials held a news conference Thursday where they said the fire is only four miles away from the city of Durango, but they still feel they have it under control.

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