Colorado national forest closes due to wildfire that burned over 22,000 acres

Colorado national forest closes due to wildfire that burned over 22,000 acres

The Badger Creek Fire in southern Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest just north of the Colorado border has spread to over 2300 acres since Sunday. Almost 400 seasonal and permanent homes have been evacuated because of the fire near the Colorado border. Fire officials said of Wednesday night the fire is 100 percent contained, but some evacuations are expected to remain in place until Thursday.

"We pray that nobody goes up there and starts a fire", she said. Many will continue to monitor structures around the perimeter of the fire and monitor for potential spot fires that may occur.

Two 20-person hand crews arrived yesterday.

Already, flame retardant has kept the wildfire from causing more damage in the Wold Tract community.

The firefighting efforts had evacuated residents like Richard White feeling grateful to still have a home.

Mayor Sweetie Marbury said Monday the closure is a necessary one.

Firefighters battling dry and windy conditions; Alicia Acuna reports from Denver. Nor did the tightly packed subdivisions at risk of burning.

The fire is burning near two densely populated developments.

Firefighters split off into teams to protect houses in both the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina neighborhoods. They also noted many campers have been ignoring campfire bans enacted across the west.

The communities of Mountain Home, Wold Tract, and Wycolo are under evacuation orders from Albany County officials.

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. The conditions are so ripe for fires this week, officials are preemptively shutting down parks and forests.

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

Gov. John Hickenlooper said the state was allocating many resources for the fires in the states. 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.

The fires began June 1 in the San Juan National Forest and have continued to grow amid dry and hot weather.

"There's no way to not know this fire is going on".

There will be a public meeting tonight at 6:15 p.m.at the Silverthorne Pavilion, located at 400 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne, CO 80498.

Residents of almost 860 homes were ordered to flee on Sunday, bringing to about 2,000 the number of dwellings placed under evacuation, said spokeswoman Megan Graham for La Plata County, Colorado.

- Visit CBSDenver.com's Living With Wildfire section.

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