Offbeat Wildfires destroy Utah homes, prompt Colorado evacuations

00:36  14 june  2018
00:36  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

The Latest: Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding

  The Latest: Southwestern Colorado wildfire still expanding <p>A wildfire that prompted evacuations from about 1,300 homes in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 14 square miles (35 square kilometers).</p>12 p.m.

DENVER – A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday.

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photograph, hot spots glow after sunset near the Falls Creek Subdivision as the 416 Fire burns near Durango, Colo. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) © The Associated Press In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photograph, hot spots glow after sunset near the Falls Creek Subdivision as the 416 Fire burns near Durango, Colo. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

DENVER — A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday.

The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile (kilometer), Police Chief Jim Winder said.

Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen

  Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday and was expected to continue to grow Sunday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said. An additional 220 homes were evacuated Saturday, said Megan Graham, a spokeswoman for La Plata County, Colorado.The total number of homes evacuated during the fires burning in southwest Colorado has reached more than 1,300 residential structures, Graham said, and the fire had burnt more than 8,691 acres, according to the last aerial survey, early Saturday, she said.

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

He said the early investigation has ruled out natural causes for the blaze that ignited near a creek that is frequently used as a walkway in a largely blue-collar neighborhood. It's not near the tourist-heavy areas in the town known for its proximity to Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

Moab resident Shane Tangren told the Salt Lake Tribune that he arrived home from work Tuesday evening to find flames nearby. He was trying to protect the house he's lived in since he was 16 by wetting it down, but the wind shifted and sent the flames barreling right toward him. He fled.

"I sat there and watched it burn to the ground," Tangren, 55, told the newspaper. "Everything — photographs, birth certificates, memories — it's all gone. My first car — that was a 1970 (Pontiac) GTO. Up in flames. I bought it when I was 15."

Firefighters battle Colorado wildfire under dry, hot conditions

  Firefighters battle Colorado wildfire under dry, hot conditions Firefighters battling a raging wildfire in southwestern Colorado faced more hot, dry conditions and gusty winds on Tuesday, officials said. The 416 Fire has already forced people to flee about 2,000 homes in the 11 days since it started while pre-evacuation notices were issued for another 127 homes on Monday, officials in La Plata County said.© REUTERS A satellite image shows the 416 Wildfire burning west of Highway 550 and northwest of Hermosa, Colorado Temperatures would reach the mid 80s Fahrenheit (around 30 Celsius) and winds up to 25 miles (40 km) an hour on Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

In Colorado's mountains, residents have evacuated more than 1,300 houses — condos, apartments and pricey homes — in an area known for its ski resorts. Firefighters, with help from aircraft, got a quick jump on the fire near Silverthorne after it was reported Tuesday and have managed to keep it from spreading beyond about 91 acres in heavy timber, including trees killed by pine beetles.

Across the state, Colorado's largest fire has burned about 43 square miles (111 square kilometers) over nearly two weeks. Residents could go back to about 180 homes no longer threatened at the northern edge of the fire Wednesday, but others remained out of more than 1,900 houses.

The blaze about 13 miles (43 kilometers) north of Durango is in the Four Corners region where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet and which is in the middle of a large swath of exceptional drought. Much of the U.S. West is experiencing some level of drought.

Colorado fire grows, prompts evacuation

  Colorado fire grows, prompts evacuation Nearly 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado as the Buffalo wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire &amp; EMS. The fire began Tuesday and has burned 91 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, officials said.

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

Firefighters are battling massive wildfires that have destroyed homes and other buildings in parts of Colorado , Kansas and Oklahoma. One fire that started in Colorado crossed into Kansas on Tuesday night, prompting the evacuation of 90 homes .

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the rapid response from emergency crews has helped prevent a repeat of devastating wildfires in 2012 and 2013. Years ago, he said fire departments were hesitant to commit resources to fighting every fire, and launching a coordinated response to a major blaze could take up to two days.

Hickenlooper said better coordination has cut down on delays, and the state reimburses local departments for initial response costs, in an attempt to control a blaze before it can spread.  

"We learned a lot from the disasters, the fires we had in 2012 and 2013," Hickenlooper told reporters. 

Meanwhile, a wildfire in Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest doubled in size over 24 hours, burning about 8 square miles (21 square kilometers). Nearly 400 seasonal and permanent homes have been evacuated because of the fire near the Colorado border.

The situation was better in central Washington, where authorities lifted evacuation orders or warnings for about 50 residents as crews work to contain a wildfire burning grass and brush.

Officials said one small outbuilding was lost but no injuries have been reported.

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Whitehurst reported from Salt Lake City. Associated Press writers Bob Moen in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Brian Eason in Denver contributed to this report.

Flooding possible in U.S. Southwest where wildfires scorch earth .
<p>Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region.</p>Smoke is seen from a fire in this aerial shot above Cimarron, N.M., on June 1, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.

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