Fire evacuations lifted in San Juan Co. Wednesday

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The closure order is expected to be signed Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and remain in effect until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions.

Fire crews continue to battle wildfires burning in Colorado as a new blaze spreads dangerously close to a ski resort town.

A fire reported Tuesday in a part of Colorado known for its ski resorts has forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes. More than 1,050 firefighters backed by air tankers and water-dropping helicopters had contained 15 percent of the blaze, said Cameron Eck, spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Incident firefighting team. Fire officials praised the mitigation work done by residents beforehand that has helped firefighters defend homes along the fire's path.

The fuel breaks are strips of land where vegetation has been removed to improve the ability of firefighters to control and advancing wildfire.

Thursday, firefighters were expecting another tough day with weather conditions, although they got a little sprinkle of rain.

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

Voos said people who have been evacuated can not return to their properties to retrieve belongings, as officials need to know that the area is clear.

Summit County Sheriff Jamie FitzSimons said that about 1,000 people are affected at the moment in a quickly changing situation. He says the developments are densely populated, serving as homes for area workers, rather than having sprawling vacation homes.

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It's the first full closure of a national forest in Colorado since 2002, which was another very dry year.

Hundreds of miles of forest trails and thousands of miles of back roads are off limits to hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers.

This week, authorities in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico closed recreational areas and enacted fire restrictions because of the high fire danger. It has burned 100 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests, officials said.

In Utah, a fast moving fire destroyed multiple structures including 8 homes.

The 416 Fire was one of several West Coast wildfires that began around June 1.

The Tinder Fire was contained on May 24.

The fire 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango has blackened more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) and forced officials to close the San Juan National Forest in the Four Corners Region.

More burnouts are expected on the southwest perimeter of the fire near Junction Creek Road (County Road 204) in an effort to create a safe burn zone for the fire and eventually a containment line.

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