Summit County wildfire breaks out in Buffalo Mountain area

Summit County wildfire breaks out in Buffalo Mountain area

The 416 Fire continues to threaten homes and land in southwestern Colorado The wildfire, which initially ignited about 10 miles north of Durango on June 1, has ripped through 27,420 acres and is only 15 percent contained.

A new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains is forcing nearby residents to evacuate.

Voos says 393 homes in the area have been evacuated since the fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest was first reported on Sunday.

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

A public information officer spoke with KDVR's Emily Allen and would not specify the exact cause of the blaze but instead listed off a number of possibilities, including the idea that a piece of glass thrown on the ground may have magnified and started the fire.

The 416 Fire grew to 29,147 acres as of this morning. Some of those allowed to return home will remain under pre-evacuation status.

More than 2,100 homes have been evacuated since the fire broke out June 1.

Just west of the Continental Divide, Summit County officials said they stopped a 90-acre (35-hectare) fire from reaching 1,300 homes in the Colorado town of Silverthorne, a popular jumping-off point for ski resorts. Though Governor John Hickenlooper tried to reassure tourists on Wednesday that it is still safe to travel to Durango, the fire is within thirteen miles of the city as of today, June 14.

Homes in the 1000 block of County Road 204 at Sailing Hawks - 44 in all - are under pre-evac notice as well, La Plata County government said. They have requested hand crews and a "big air attack", saying they hope to keep the fire from jumping the well-established fire break around Mesa Cortina and Wildernest. Fire spokesman Brian Eady told the Associated Press that the increase noted over the weekend was the result of both the fire's natural growth and intentional blazes sparked by firefighters in an effort to control its movement.

Extreme fire danger in the southwest has prompted federal land managers to take the unusual step of indefinitely closing public access to an area of national forests larger than CT.

The fire danger had already shut down national forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico, the AP reported.

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 cause is under investigation but officials have it was not lightning or another weather-related event that might have started it.

Meanwhile, a fire in southern Wyoming that burned 8.2 square miles (21 square kilometers) has destroyed some structures.

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