Fire evacuations lifted in San Juan Co. Wednesday

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The Buffalo fire is burning in an area of unincorporated Summit County near the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina subdivisions - where residents of about 1,400 units were ordered to flee immediately.

San Juan National Forest Supervisor, Kara Chadwick, wants concerned citizens to know that instituting a forest closure is an extremely hard decision, and she is aware that the closure will affect a great many people, businesses, partner agencies, forest management activities, and the public.

Smoke levels Tuesday were not a safety concern, Steve Prosise with the county's environmental health office said. No structures have been lost.

There are roughly 30 blazes burning across nine western states.

The fire is one of several blazes burning in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming amid dry conditions and severe drought. More than 1,000 people are fighting the blaze, officials said.

As of late Monday, there is no confirmation of structures burned or destroyed.

Fuel breaks added to the forests in recent years have saved thousands of homes from "having fire in them", US Forest Service official Jim Genung said.

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A satellite image shows the Burro Wildfire (L) and the 416 Wildfire burning west of Highway 550 and northwest of Durango, Colorado, U.S., June 9, 2018. The sheriff said the fire was human-caused, but details about how it started were not released.

Violating Stage 3 fire restrictions or going into a closed area carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, and is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.

"We recognize the conditions are dry and hot", Gov. John HIckenlooper said in a statement.

"Our state agencies are here to support you". "As we have proved time and time again, Coloradans are resilient". Areas in those neighborhoods below 20 Grand Road are on pre-evacuation notice.

The U.S. Forest Service and Albany County fire personnel responded to the Badger Creek Wildfire that began Sunday afternoon in the southern Snowy Range, Medicine Bow National Forest, which forced evacuations from multiple locations due to rapid growth.

More than 900 firefighters were dealing with rough and inaccessible terrain, and residents of more than 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate since the flames ignited June 1. Of the wildfires, only one has been contained. This year, almost 24,000 wildfires have burned more than 1.7 million acres across the country. The full closure, which the Associated Press reports last took place in 2002, does not affect roads that cross through the forest.

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