Colorado's 416 Wildfire: Durango Warnings Issued As Lightning Storm Threatens New Blazes

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Colorado's 416 Wildfire: Durango Warnings Issued As Lightning Storm Threatens New Blazes

The 416 fire isn't the only wildfire that fire crews have to contend with in southern Colorado; nearby, in an even more remote section of the San Juans, the "Burro" fire has consumed approximately 2,800 acres of forest land, according to a report issued Wednesday, June 13.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the 416 fire. Sara McLaughlin and Michael Kramer had to move their June 9 wedding to another location due to the fire, according to their wedding website.

Almost 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado, and over 1,000 other homes could be in danger as the Buffalo Mountain wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire & EMS. "We're not out of the woods by any means, but we've been very fortunate there have not been any homes burned or firefighters hurt". A pre-evacuation order was issued Wednesday evening for 207 residences and two businesses on the south end of the fire.

In southern Wyoming near the Colorado border, the so-called Badger Creek Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest grew as evacuation orders were expanded to almost 400 homes in Albany County, according to the online US fire information service. "We haven't received any information on that yet". The operational plan will be to continue to focus on public and firefighter safety, evacuations, assessments, and structure protection. The closure order is expected to be signed Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and remain in effect until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions.

Fire officials on Thursday monitored storm activity to see how it would affect planned back-burns.

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. County sheriff's spokesman Jon Paxton said about 50 homes remained on pre-evacuation alert Thursday.

The Incident Command Post has been established at the Harmony School, west of Laramie, on Highway 230. A number of Forest Roads in the area are closed, including Forest Roads 530, 544,501, 512 WA and the Mountain Home Trail System.

The U.S. Forest Service also is planning to bar recreation in a handful of ranger districts in the Cibola National Forest outside of Albuquerque beginning Friday.

If any exemptions are granted, those users would be required to take precautions, such as carrying water, shovels and fire extinguishers and possibly only allowed in during certain times of the day, she said.

Moab residents Tim Clark and his girlfriend Tina Saunders grabbed their dogs, family photos and a laptop, evacuating with their home in flames.

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