Colorado wildfire threatens 1,300 homes, ski resorts

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

There were pre-evacuation orders in other areas along Wyoming's border with Colorado as well. The team is also in charge of the 416 Fire.

Evacuees are being asked by Albany County to email with accurate contact information so that consistent information sharing can be maintained. "We need to take every action possible to reduce the risk of human-caused fires".

Dry weather will continue until Thursday, he said, when light thunderstorms and showers could occur. The Rocky Mountain Region's Black Team will assume command of fire operations on Wednesday. The risky fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.

UPDATE (3:40 p.m.) The fire is now estimated at 150 acres, according to InciWeb.

"The Cibola is a high-use forest so this is not a decision that we made lightly", said Matt Rau, fire staff officer, in a statement.

Wyoming Highway 230 remains closed.

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All 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado were due to be closed to visitors by Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, citing the fire danger. It had burned roughly 500 acres as of Sunday morning.

A similarly sized fire previous year took months to finish burning. On Sunday, efforts were focused on evacuation, public safety and fire assessment. The cause of the fire is unknown. The State of Wyoming Type III helicopter is also on site. Multiple communities and private property in-holdings are within a five mile radius of the fire. Far across the state about 95 km west of Denver, a newer blaze called the Buffalo Mountain fire prompted the mandatory evacuation of 1,380 homes after blackening a comparatively small area of just 100 acres, Summit County officials said.

The couple said they would like to encourage people to donate to the community foundation serving southwest Colorado.

Though thunderstorms in the next few days could bring much-needed moisture to the area, officials are anxious the storm could bring lightning and gusty winds that lead to unpredictable fire behavior.

Conversations about residents returning home have taken place between the incident command post and law-enforcement agencies. Any Forest Service lands around the lake will be off-limits to the public.

Assistant City Manager Amber Blake said another big reason the city is proposing to close its open space is because resources such as EMS personnel are tied up with the wildfires. State and county roads running through the forests remain open, but virtually all other uses have been barred. Exemptions might be granted on a case-by-case basis with a written authorization from the Forest Service, which would include specific requirements for fire prevention.

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