Eyewitness images reveal devastation of Colorado wildfires (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Eyewitness images reveal devastation of Colorado wildfires (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Another 1,160 homes are on pre-evacuation notice. MOre than 900 firefighters were trying to control the blaze, according the AP.

Forecasters at the National Interagency Fire Center say warmer and drier-than-normal conditions have put large portions of the Western states at above-average risk for significant wildfires between now and September, and this year's wildfire season could rival last year's, one of the most devastating on record. "We've never gone into closure before", said Cam Hooley, acting public affairs officer for the San Juan National Forest near Durango.

In southern Wyoming near the Colorado border, the so-called Badger Creek Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest grew as evacuation orders were expanded to almost 400 homes in Albany County, according to the online USA fire information service.

The 416 fire, as it is known, was 15% contained Tuesday evening, according to the La Plata County government.

"You never know with fire behavior how long you are going to be down there". The fire only burned about 100 acres (40.5 hectares) but came dangerously close to two densely populated housing developments.

If any exemptions are granted, those users would be required to take precautions, such as carrying water, shovels and fire extinguishers and possibly only allowed in during certain times of the day, she said.

A firetruck sits in front of a structure in Wycolo, Wyo.as the Badger Creek Fire burns in the distance Sunday, June 10, 2018.

In the southwest corner of Colorado, where crews are dealing with multiple fires in the San Juan forest, winds are lighter, but the heat continues with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s.

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Anyone caught violating the closure, SJNF said, could be punished with an individual fine of up to $5,000 or $10,000 for an organization, a six-month prison sentence, or both.

The blazes destroyed more than 12,300 homes and other structures.

Summit County Sheriff Jamie FitzSimons said that about 1,000 people are affected at the moment in a quickly changing situation.

The west side of the 416 Fire is burning at over 8,000 feet in terrain that is hard for ground resources.

Authorities ordered the residents of 675 homes to evacuate after the fire burning north of Durango almost doubled in size overnight to 26 square miles (67 square kilometers).

On Tuesday, InciWeb, a federal database of U.S. fires, showed the wildfire was 92% contained, and said Cimarron Canyon State Park will be closed through July 4.

A fire in California that burned nearly 200 acres has been contained, officials said.

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