Growing Colorado wildfire forces more evacuations

Marsha Scott
June 15, 2018

UPDATE (2 p.m.): According to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland Twitter, the communities of Beehive, Gramm, & Miller Lake communities are being evacuated by Albany County officials.

Fire officials battling the 416 Fire north of Durango have issued a containment date, or a date they believe a line will be built all the way around the fire, for July 31.

The Buffalo fire is burning in an area of unincorporated Summit County near the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina subdivisions - where residents of about 1,400 units were ordered to flee immediately.

The fire began Tuesday about 2 miles west of Silverthorne, a town with about 4,700 residents and about 65 miles west of Denver.

San Juan National Forest officials in southwestern Colorado planned to close hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of miles of back roads to hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers as soon as Tuesday to prevent the possibility of an abandoned campfire or any other spark from starting a wildfire.

"There were big black rolling clouds coming off it and it had gotten to the edge of the forest, right next to the neighborhood", Silverthorne resident Jake Schulman told the Summit Daily.

The fire has only been 15% contained since it was first reported on June 1.

"We recognize that this is hard for the local businesses and the local economy and just ask that people just be understanding and patient", Hooley said. Forests are also closed in Arizona and New Mexico in areas that are suffering from a severe drought. "We've got resources on scene and we've got air resources that are now on the way".

416 fire michael bennet twitter1 Flash Flooding Feared As 416 Fire Continues To Rage

The incident commander says firefighters are doing their best to get it under control.

Forest authorities shut down the 1.8 million acre forest Monday to avoid further devastation.

The closure will remain until sufficient precipitation eases the fire danger.

In southern Wyoming near the Colorado border, the so-called Badger Creek Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest grew as evacuation orders were expanded to almost 400 homes in Albany County, according to the online US fire information service.

Meanwhile, additional firefighters were headed to Wyoming to work on a wildfire that has exploded in size and prompted evacuations near the Colorado border.

Fire crews finally have a handle on the Ute Park blaze burning in northern New Mexico, which has burned more than 57 square miles.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown, but the origin of the fire is near Forest Road 501, and between Badger Creek and the North Fork of Pelton Creek.

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