Twin fire rages South Western part of US

Published on : Monday, July 11, 2016

wildfire californiaDual wildfires in Colorado and California has forced evacuation and left one fire fighter injured, burning more than 1000 acres combined.

 

Nearly 2000 residents have been evacuated as of Sunday afternoon, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management reported.

 

As winds gusted up to 25 mph, about 1,200 firefighters, aided by water-dropping aircraft focused on creating a perimeter around the fire, hoping to protect the many homes in the area. Aerial photos show the fire reaching the property line of one home that was covered in fire-retardant.

 
A fire near Nederland, Colorado, in the south western part of US, was sparked Saturday afternoon and consumed six structures and over 330 acres by Sunday afternoon, according to ABC7.

 

This wildfire has led to the declaration of a local disaster as mandatory evacuation notice was issued in the Nederland area by the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. 170 homes in the path of the fire were put on notice to be ready to leave on a moment’s notice.

 

The potential for the spreading of existing and any new wildfires will remain high across much of the West into Monday.

 

Strong winds from portions of Arizona and New Mexico to Colorado, Wyoming and the High Plains of South Dakota and Nebraska will keep the danger of wildfire on the higher note.

 

the National Weather Service has posted red flag warnings and fire weather watches for the fire danger in parts of many states, from the High Plains of South Dakota westward through the Rockies to Southern California.

 

Hayden Pass Fire

The Hayden Pass fire, a wildfire that broke out near Hayden Creek in Freemont County on Saturday, grew to more than 5000 acres as temperatures climbed and winds picked up Sunday.

 

On Sunday, U.S. Forest Service authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation of the area.

 

The fire was caused by a lightning strike Friday, according to the Forest Service, and grew exponentially to about 5,104 acres Sunday afternoon.

 

The fire was caused by a lightning strike Friday, according to the Forest Service, and grew exponentially to about 5,104 acres Sunday afternoon.

 

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Services has given evacuation notice to at least 20 homes in the Hayden Creek Campground, also known as Cutty’s, on Fremont County Road 6.

 

The fire is zero percent contained. Visibility for drivers on Highway 50 between Coaldale and Canon City is limited because of heavy smoke.

 

Smoke and haze from the fire has reached several counties in southern Colorado.

 

Forest Service fire crews are working the fire, according to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

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