Growing Colorado wildfire forces more evacuations

The situation was better in central Washington, where authorities lifted evacuation orders or warnings for about 50 residents as crews work to contain a wildfire burning grass and brush.

Fire officials say the goal is to get people back home, but things change every day.

Hot and dry conditions are helping fuel fast-moving wildfires blazing throughout the West.

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.

A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West.

The City of Pueblo also said it will be deploying a Type 1 fire apparatus to assist with fire, including four personnel Tuesday evening.

Flames engulf trees in the Wildernest neighbourhood.

Residents of a total of 2,156 homes have been ordered to evacuate as of Sunday afternoon, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham told The Durango Herald.

"We went into the street & this is what we saw".

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Bianchi said the Buffalo Fire had come to within about 200 yards (183 meters) of a subdivision that includes condos, apartments and pricey homes.

Firefighters are braced for more dry weather as they battle to put out raging wildfires in the Centennial State. Incident Commander Todd Pechota said he plans to bring in more crews to replace outgoing firefighters.

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.

The Forest Service also advised all dispersed campers near the fire area relocate to other areas of the forest.

In Wyoming near the border with Colorado, about 400 homes have been evacuated because of another fire.

The so-called Badger Creek Fire began Sunday and had grown to about 11 square miles by Thursday morning. Authorities are still investigating how the fire started.

It's burning near where a wildfire charred more than 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) in April and May. The date is not a set-in-stone time for when the fire will be completely contained.

Firefighters are keeping a close eye on hotspots while the Utah State Fire Marshal investigating what sparked the Cinema Court Fire in Moab that destroyed eight homes, two garages and shop.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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