Colorado wildfires displace thousands, prompt national forest closure

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Over 1,300 homes have been evacuated by a new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains. The unsafe fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.

Some of the larger wildfires that Colorado has experienced include the 117 Fire, which burned 40,892 acres in April 2018; and 2002's Hayman Fire, which ripped through 138,114 acres and is considered the state's largest wildfire on record. That fire was human caused, and an investigation was ongoing, Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino said.

The so-called Badger Creek Fire, burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest, was listed at 150 acres (60 hectares) with zero containment on Monday morning, but had expanded by late afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said by telephone.

In order to enter these areas, residents must show their RapidTag credentials, which are available at Trimble Crossing at the intersection of U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane, Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango, and at the highway's northern closure point at mile marker 49.5.

West of Denver, near Ski Country, another 1,400 homes were evacuated. They remain on pre-evacuation notice.

About 50 firefighters were battling the blaze initially, but more were on the way, along with heavy air tankers and helicopters.

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

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Some forest land in Arizona and New Mexico has also been closed because of the fire danger.

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.

Packard said the adobe-style resort has seen no impact from the forest closure and credited authorities with putting up signs telling visitors that local businesses are open.

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

The San Juan and Santa Fe forests alone represent more than 5,000 square miles.

"Things are looking really good around the two subdivisions at this time", Jim Genung, with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, said at a news conference. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

No buildings have been destroyed so far, but flames had crept to within a few hundred yards of homes, with multiple aircraft dropping water and flame retardant, according to Inciweb, an interagency fire report.

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