OR fire forces evacuations, highway closure near Warm Springs

04 July, 2018, 02:44 | Author: Emmett Rice
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More than 2,500 homes are under evacuation orders in Colorado as firefighters battle over a half dozen wildfires around the state.

The "County Fire" that initially burned in Yolo County and has now spread to neighboring Napa and Lake Counties has grown in just a span of three days. The fire is now sending smoke across the bay area after doubling in size overnight.

The smoke reached some 120 km south to San Francisco, leaving films of ash on cars and windows.

Ellen Booth and Larry Booth told KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs that they lost their vacation home where they planned to live in retirement and were not able to insure because of recent destructive fires in Colorado.

San Juan Basin Public Health on Monday issued an air-quality health advisory throughout La Plata County, as well as areas of Hinsdale, Montezuma and San Juan counties.

"I think this is the worst fire I've seen in 25 years", Greer added.

Authorities announced late Monday that a fire near Fort Garland, about 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Denver, had destroyed 104 homes in a mountain housing development started by multimillionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes in the 1970s.

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The Pawnee Fire was coming under control today when a flareup prompted more evacuations of residents and businesses in California. Additional fire teams were also en route, Cal Fire reports. Firefighters will also work the fire from the air Tuesday.

An update by Cal Fire on Tuesday said the potential for growth remains high as crews battle the fire in hard terrain.

Anthony said the rapid spread of the fire is partly due to the large amount of grasses that grew as a result of spring rains in the region, and have since dried out.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The man accused of starting the wildfire acknowledged building a fire but said he made sure it was out, according to a court document.

The Pawnee Fire, located northeast of Clearlake Oaks within Lake County, has burned over 14,500 acres, but 73 percent has been contained at the time of writing.

The forest service estimated the fire was burning about 300 acres as of 8 p.m. and firefighters are monitoring the blaze but haven't as of yet dedicated full suppression efforts.

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