Thousands flee as brush fire wrecks forests and homes in West

Thousands flee as brush fire wrecks forests and homes in West

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said at a news conference that he didn't know when the scores of evacuees from the Buffalo fire - name for its proximity to Buffalo Mountain - might be allowed to return home.

Smoke hanging over the Buffalo Mountain Fire as seen from the intersection of Highway 6 and Dillon Dam Road, June 12, 2018.

Some couples have sparks, but this one has a wildfire.

Colorado's largest blaze also kept burning in the San Juan National Forest, which has been closed to the public to try to prevent additional fires. Those living below 20 Grand Road were placed on a pre-evacuation notice.

Officials placed the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest neighborhoods under the mandatory evacuation Tuesday, KUSA-TV reported.

"It's going to come down to a point there, and that's what we're striving to achieve there, is to get that all nicely brought together", Knight said.

"(The Burro Fire) is a very terrain-driven fire, and is burning wherever it wants to go in mixed conifer and steep conditions", he said.

We're told a Moab firefighter's home was among those burned.

Moab city officials said in a news release Tuesday night that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex.

Authorities have issued a forest-wide closure order in Colorado, warning residents and ramblers to stay out of the forest while the threat of wildfires remain high.

The U.S. Forest Service shut down the San Juan National Forest to visitors on Tuesday.

Per officials, the closure will remain in effect "until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions".

Popular recreational areas within Santa Fe National Forest include the Jemez Falls campground and trails near the Gilman Tunnels.

The more than 800 firefighters working that blaze have employed every measure in the book to keep homes along the perimeter out of harm's way, including burning grasses and bushes ahead of the fire, bulldozing and shoveling fire breaks, dropping retardant from a small fleet of aircraft and installing sprinkling systems.

In Colorado, massive wildfires displaced thousands of people and destroyed tens of thousands of acres, while in Beverly Hills some residents were forced to flee their homes Tuesday as flames erupted and threatened million dollar mansions.

The so-called Badger Creek Fire began Sunday and had grown to about 11 square miles by Thursday morning.

Medicine Bow National Forest spokesman Aaron Voos said the fire is not likely to slow down anytime soon.

However, due to the steep, thick forests, fire crews are struggling to contain the fire on its western flank.

"We need to take every action possible to reduce the risk of human-caused fires".