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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. The unsafe fires have prompted some evacuations from southern California to Colorado.

At least six wildfires are burning in the state of Colorado this week, bolstered by hot, dry winds and no rain in the forecast.

Despite the scale of the 416, there still has been no reports of any deaths or injuries and no homes have burned down.

Moab officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Residents of almost 860 homes were ordered to flee on Sunday, bringing to about 2,000 the number of dwellings placed under evacuation, said spokeswoman Megan Graham for La Plata County, Colorado.

Gusting winds and stubborn hot, dry weather in southwestern Colorado helped stoke a largely uncontrolled wildfire that grew by almost a third to more than 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares) on Monday, with more than 2,000 homes under evacuation order.

It's the first full closure of a national forest in Colorado since 2002 - another very dry year - and will remain in place until sufficient precipitation eases the fire danger.

Erin Sirek with the Summit County Sheriff's Department Residents helps direct a resident with a dog as residents evacuate their homes from a wild fire approaching in the Wildernest neighbourhood near Silverthorne, Colo., on Tuesday.

When Kristy Vogt was placed on pre-evacuation notice, she took to her back yard grabbing a box of sidewalk chalk, and got to work.

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Images from the scene showed thick smoke pouring into the air and aerial firefighting resources trying to tamp down the blaze.

Evacuated residents of Rockwood, Tamarron and Glacier Club subdivisions are also being allowed to return home starting at 2 p.m. today.

Incident commander Todd Pechota told evacuated residents Saturday that the situation is "going to get worse before it gets better", the Herald reported.

The fire was burning in stands of dead and dying lodgepole pines stricken in large numbers by a bark beetle infestation, the Forest Service said.

In New Mexico, the Santa Fe National Forest was closed days ago "due to extreme fire danger", the Forest Service said. It has burned 100 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests, officials said.

Just north of the Colorado border, a blaze near Laramie, Wyoming, exploded in size Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of numerous homes in several small communities and closing roads, the AP reported.

The closure started Tuesday for the over 2,800 square miles (7,252 square kilometers) forest.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown, but the origin of the fire is near Forest Road 501, and between Badger Creek and the North Fork of Pelton Creek.


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