Colorado couple takes wedding photo in front of a wildfire

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

Summit County is now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and animal control reminds the public to keep pets from eating vegetation covered in fire retardant.

A 100-acre wildfire in Colorado's Buffalo Mountain ignited Tuesday morning 2 miles west of Silverthorne, prompting hundreds of evacuations in that area. The Buffalo Mountain Fire in the White River National Forest is an estimated 91 acres and throwing sparks and embers very close to structures in the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest neighborhoods.

However, officials said that as a result of "anticipated weather-related challenges", such as potential lightning storms, strong downdrafts, and high winds, a new pre-evacuation notice has been issued as a precaution for 163 residences and two businesses along the west side of County Road 203.

The Tank Fire has burned through 170 acres in a matter of hours about 1 mile north of Clints Wells, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. The investigation was ongoing.

Above: A photo of the 416 Fire uploaded to Inciweb around June 10, 2018.

Extreme fire danger is shutting southwestern Colorado's San Juan National Forest, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought. Investigators have not said how many or what type of structures burned.

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The 416 Fire and a separate fire burning nearby, the so-called Burro Fire, also prompted state parks officials to close several wildlife areas to the public.

Authorities say a fast-moving brush fire has destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab and that more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming remain under evacuation orders because of other wildfires.

Fighting the blaze has proven challenging for the more than 1,000 emergency personnel working to contain it as weather conditions thwarted their firefighting efforts over the weekend and into early this week.

UPDATE (2 p.m.): According to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland Twitter, the communities of Beehive, Gramm, & Miller Lake communities are being evacuated by Albany County officials.

Area residents who evacuated but have pets at their homes should call Summit County Animal Control at 970-668-4143 for help retrieving them. The cause of the fire is unknown and is 0 percent contained. On-going road closures due to the 416 Fire will continue to be managed by the La Plata County Sherriff.

Evacuees are being asked to check in at the Harmony School off Wyoming Highway 230. "As we have proved time and time again, Coloradans are resilient".

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