Wildfire In Southern Wyoming Grows, Still Not Contained

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

As of Monday, the 416 Fire north of Durango has ripped through more than 22,130 acres around the Hermosa Creek drainage, while the Burro Fire has rapidly grown to more than 1,000 acres northeast of Dolores.

Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino said Wednesday night that lightning has been ruled out as a cause of the Buffalo Fire, which erupted Tuesday near the central Colorado town of Silverthorne.

Albany County officials issued evacuation orders for the communities of Mountain Home, Wold Tract, WyoColo, Foxpark, Gramm, Beehive, Miller Lake, and the areas along Highway 10 from Woods Landing south to the Colorado state line. The Burro fire has affected 1,000 acres and is now zero percent contained.

There are still more than a thousand homes evacuated.

No one has been hurt and no structures have burned down.

In May, the 1.6 million acre Santa Fe National Forest was closed because of fire risks. In the meantime, Voos said several agencies are doing their best to fight the fire and minimize damage.

Accurate mapping of the fire size has proven hard due to weather conditions and the rapid fire growth; however, the fire is now estimated to be 2,300 acres or about 3.6 square miles.

Violating Stage 3 fire restrictions or going into a closed area carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, and is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the rapid response from emergency crews has helped prevent a repeat of devastating wildfires in 2012 and 2013.

A plane drops fire-retardant chemicals on the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, U.S.in this June 9, 2018 handout photo.

"Residents of over 2,000 homes have been ordered to evacuate because of a fire that started in the forest north of Durango, which doubled in size to about 25 square miles over the weekend".

Voos said Highway 230 remains open, however visibility could be obscured at times due to smoke.

The fire began Tuesday about 2 miles west of Silverthorne, a town with about 4,700 residents and about 65 miles west of Denver. Waves of fire moving up to 2 miles per hour have raced up to the sides of homes before firefighters managed to put them out. This year, almost 24,000 wildfires have burned more than 1.7 million acres across the country.

In Colorado's mountains, residents have evacuated more than 1,300 houses - condos, apartments and pricey homes - in an area known for its ski resorts.

On Tuesday, InciWeb, a federal database of U.S. fires, showed the wildfire was 92% contained, and said Cimarron Canyon State Park will be closed through July 4.

A fire in California that burned nearly 200 acres has been contained, officials said.

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