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More fire evacuations in southwest Colorado

Smoke rises from a stand of trees smoldering from the 416 Fire west of U.S. Highway 550 on Friday, June 8, 2018, near Hermosa, Colo. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)
Colorado Wildfires

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Residents of over 2,000 homes have now been ordered to evacuate because of a wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado in extreme conditions.

Authorities ordered the residents of 675 homes to evacuate Sunday morning after the fire burning north of Durango nearly doubled in size to 26 square miles in hot and windy weather in very dry vegetation.

Officials say the cause of the wildfire, which started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest, has not been determined. As of Sunday, it was just 10 percent contained.

The wildfire comes amid a severe drought in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

The Durango Herald reports incident commander Todd Pechota told residents at a community meeting Saturday that the situation is “going to get worse before it gets better.”

Residents of a total of 1,975 homes have now been ordered to evacuate. No homes have been lost.

Several other smaller fires are also burning in Colorado.


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