Fire evacuations lifted in San Juan Co. Wednesday

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

"The indices our fire team uses to predict fire danger are at historic levels well before we can expect any significant moisture from the seasonal monsoons", said Richard Bustamante, SJNF forest fire staff officer. Burning branches and large embers carried by fire-generated winds have blown up to a mile away and landed on roofs. There were pre-evacuation orders in other areas along Wyoming's border with Colorado as well.

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the 416 Fire northwest of Hermosa, Colo., which has forced the closure of the San Juan National Forest.

Residents of a total of 2,156 homes have been ordered to evacuate as of Sunday afternoon, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham told The Durango Herald.

Albany County officials issued evacuation orders for the communities of Mountain Home, Wold Tract, WyoColo, Foxpark, Gramm, Beehive, Miller Lake, and the areas along Highway 10 from Woods Landing south to the Colorado state line.

Rick Carrigan lost his home and everything in it.

"The two fires burning on the forest isn't necessarily what propagated the closure, but it is a result of the same conditions that exist".

That fire began June 1 and since then, more than 2,100 home have evacuated. It's only 15 percent contained, according to the National Forest Service.

The incident commander says firefighters are doing their best to get it under control.

Entire San Juan National Forest To Be Closed To Public

Most campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, trailheads and forest roads in Mountainair, Sandia and Mount Taylor ranger districts of the Cibola National Forest are closing to all recreational activities indefinitely due to extreme fire danger, the Forest Service announced Monday.

"The fire dangers are only increasing in critically dry conditions".

The 416 Fire - named after its emergency service call number - is by far the largest of at least a half-dozen blazes raging across Colorado.

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. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained. As of Tuesday, there were no known structures that were burned or destroyed by the fire and no known injuries or fatalities.

The amount of fire personnel on scene has also doubled to 200 and additional resources continue to arrive.

Fire crews finally have a handle on the Ute Park blaze burning in northern New Mexico, which has burned more than 57 square miles.

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.

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