Fires And Drought Close Forests In Colorado And New Mexico

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Though the fire is expected to continue burning until then, it doesn't mean the Type I team will manage the fire the entirety of the time, or that people will be out of their homes for that long, spokeswoman Jamie Knight said.

Time lapse video shows thick plumes of smoke, billowing since June 1.

Summit Fire said the fuel breaks that already existed are the reason the fire has not spread into the subdivision. The U.S. Forest Service shut down the San Juan National Forest to visitors on Tuesday.

Residences and businesses in the Rockwood, Tamarron, and Glacier Club areas who were evacuated on June 1 were allowed back into their homes Wednesday. A total of 1,029 firefighters are tackling the 416 wildfire, which is now 15% contained, according to La Plata County officials.

The cost of fighting both the Burro and 416 fires was put at $10.9 million.

There were 50 firefighters battling the fire as of Tuesday evening, with another 100 en route.

"We have not lost any structures at this point", the agency tweeted Tuesday.

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

"Under current conditions, one abandoned campfire could cause a catastrophic wildfire, and we are not willing to take that chance with the natural and cultural resources under our protection and care, ' Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor James Melonas said in a statement".

Fire grows to 29,147 acresThe 416 Fire grew to 29,147 acres as of Thursday morning. These burnouts result in heavy smoke patterns that can be seen from Durango. Aircraft have been dropping water and flame retardant, according to fire information website InciWeb. "There's a lot of structures and a lot of people we're trying to move", he said.

Some couples have sparks, but this one has a wildfire. The Hardmans shared several small hotel rooms for several days with their visiting daughters, Sasha, 21, and Nadia, 19, and their two Labrador retrievers, Pippa and Taz, before renting a home in Vallecito. The goal is to get those lines secured to "box-in" the fire on the south end.

"We've got to watch the fire and the activity and what it's going to do", he said.

As the eastern portion of the fire has calmed, the fire has become more active in other areas.

The Incident Management Team said a red flag warning will be in effect for areas near the fire from 10 a.m.to 9 p.m. Friday because of the chance of dry thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service Grand Junction warned that new fire starts and extreme fire behavior are possible as a result of the combined threat of gusty winds, low humidity and dry thunderstorms.

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