US Raging fire in Colorado grows 40 percent as more homes evacuated

23:26  08 june  2018
23:26  08 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

West coast wildfires force thousands to evacuate

  West coast wildfires force thousands to evacuate Massive wildfires in California, Colorado and New Mexico have torched thousands of acres and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. A vegetation fire in Laguna Beach, California, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles has torched about 250 acres and is being fought by over 400 firefighters, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. There was 0% containment as of Saturday night.No injuries or damaged structures have been reported in the fire that's been dubbed the Aliso Fire, but evacuations are underway in the Top of the World neighborhoods in Laguna Beach.

DENVER, Colorado — Hundreds more people prepared to evacuate their homes on Wednesday as a largely unchecked wildfire raged in southwest Colorado and officials warned that blazes could spread to other states. Emergency crews said they had only managed to contain 10 percent of the fire near

More than 800 homes were evacuated , while the residents of another 700 homes were told to be ready to evacuate at any time. Fire in southwest Colorado remains 10 percent contained The Seattle Times: Home (3 days ago) - DURANGO, Colo.

A helicopter drops water on the 416 Fire near Durango © REUTERS A helicopter drops water on the 416 Fire near Durango

Colorado officials ordered another 300 homes in the southwestern part of the state evacuated on Friday as a massive wildfire grew 40 percent larger than it had been the day before after jumping a highway that had previously been a barrier on its east side.

Residents of some 1,500 homes have now been ordered to evacuate the area threatened by fire, La Plata County officials said in a statement. So far no homes have been burned and no injuries reported, said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County, Colorado.

By Friday morning, the fire had scorched 7,180 acres (2,906 hectares), up from 5,103 acres (2,065 hectares) a day earlier, said the multi-agency team fighting the fire in a daily report.

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.

In Colorado , some 250 miles (402.34 km) away near Durango, a blaze called the 416 Fire had raged across more than 2,255 acres (912.5 hectares) by Monday morning, and forced the evacuation of about 825 homes The Colorado blaze was 10- percent contained by Monday morning, officials said.

In Colorado , some 250 miles (402.34 km) away near Durango, a blaze called the 416 Fire had raged across more than 2,255 acres (912.5 hectares) by Monday morning, and forced the evacuation of about 825 homes The Colorado blaze was 10- percent contained by Monday morning, officials said.

Conditions were ripe for the fire's further spread, as there was low humidity and temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s degrees Fahrenheit (around 25 to 28 C). One advantage to firefighters was that winds were slightly calmer on Friday, officials said.

In northern New Mexico, a fire that started May 31 had burned 36,800 acres (14,900 hectares) by Friday morning. The Ute Park Fire was 66 percent contained.

In Alaska, fires were burning as far north as the treeless Arctic, where lightning has ignited a cluster of tundra fires. The biggest of them was a tundra fire that covered 13,000 acres 16 miles (26 km) east of the Inupiat Eskimo village of Point Hope on the northwest coast of the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

BLM spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said on Friday that the fire was no longer being actively fought, as it was not expected to burn far enough to affect any of the few cabins on native-owned land in the area.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Alaska; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Crews battling U.S. wildfires face hot, dry conditions before wet weather .
<p>Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. southwest will face windy and dry conditions on Friday before possibly getting a reprieve over the weekend when widespread showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast.</p>Red flag warnings are in effect for southern Nevada, southern Utah and western Colorado, where winds gusts could reach 45 miles (72 km) an hour and humidity could reach around 10 percent on Friday, the National Weather Service said.

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