Wildfire starts along Wyoming-Colorado border


Wildfire starts along Wyoming-Colorado border

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

In an extreme move due to continuing fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service plans to close the entire San Juan National Forest to most public entry starting on Tuesday.

Many popular outdoor recreation sites in northern New Mexico have already been closed.

Firefighters, who have been concentrating much of their efforts on protecting homes and structures, have not been able to gain any containment of the fire, mainly because of strong winds driving the blaze.

Elsewhere, the San Juan Basin Public Health is advising people to remain indoors if the smoke from the fire becomes too thick and to limit outdoor activity, especially among those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young and the elderly.

As of 2:45 p.m., Summit Fire & EMS reports 1,384 homes have evacuated while another 1,160 are on pre-evacuation notice. It remained 15 percent contained.

The 416 Fire wildfire in southwestern Colorado continued to grow after more than doubling in size over the weekend amid dry, gusty conditions.

The fire is one of several blazes burning in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming amid dry conditions and severe drought.

The fire is burning in lodgepole pine and in an area of the forest that sustained heavy beetle kill in recent years.

The Tank Fire has burned through 125 acres in a matter of hours according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
The Tank Fire has burned through 125 acres in a matter of hours according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

The latest updates on the fire can be found at InciWeb and the Forest Service Twitter.

A 32-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 550, which has served as a buffer for homes on the eastern edge of the fire, was closed, officials said.

Packard said the adobe-style resort has seen no impact from the forest closure and credited authorities with putting up signs telling visitors that local businesses are open.

The Coconino National Forest in Arizona shut down completely because of fire danger in 2006 for nine days. This could accelerate the blaze, which has been burning for the last two weeks.

Another wildfire is being fought in Colorado, this time near the town of Silverthorne along the busy Interstate 70 corridor.

"We were just happy to get back". They are being supported by several helicopters and one air tanker. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is considering offering limited service later in the month with locomotives powered by diesel rather than its typical coal-fired engines, which can throw sparks.

Sweetie Marbury, the mayor of nearby Durango - about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the fire - said there are plenty of things people can do in the area, including river rafting, cycling and fishing and learning about history at places like Mesa Verde and Chimney Rock National Monument.