Huge Colorado fire keeps 2,500 homes evacuated

Huge Colorado fire keeps 2,500 homes evacuated

It was five percent contained as of Sunday night. An evacuation advisory is in place for the area between State Highway 20 and Morgan Valley Road and from Sky High Ridge Road and the county line.

More than 100 homes have been destroyed by the wildfire that was started by a man from Denmark who was living in a camper. "We're seeing fire behavior we normally wouldn't see until September or October".

"We're fortunate that the current weather conditions are protecting us from the smoke", said Lisa Fasano, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Authorities said they began assessing some areas this weekend to track destroyed or damaged structures.

Crews battling the Pawnee Fire in Lake County have continued to make progress on the blaze, raising containment to 56 percent as of Friday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fires, totaling 36,000 acres (about 56 sq miles, or 145 sq km), cover an area a bit larger than the city limits of San Francisco itself.

The smoke reached about 75 miles south to San Francisco, leaving films of ash on cars and windows.




The 78,941-acre Spring Creek fire, the fourth-largest Colorado wildfire, is burning in Huerfano and Costilla counties.

The Warm Springs Fire Department says the fire was reported at about 3 p.m. Monday and is burning near the Deschutes River and Highway 26 at milepost 105.

Experts say that global warming increases the risk of out-of-control blazes by drying out vegetation, making it more inflammable and easily set alight by lightning, spontaneous combustion, or fires lit by humans.

"They had good work overnight, so they're feeling confident today", Austin said.

"Due to the erratic wind behaviour, it's heading wherever it wants to head at the moment", McLean said.

The haze settling on areas to the south and west and rattled nerves near wine country communities that were devastated by deadly wildfires late past year.

A second wildfire is also burning to the northwest of the County Fire. "Fire season seems to be kind of an old term at this point".

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