Colorado couple takes wedding photo in front of a wildfire

Colorado couple takes wedding photo in front of a wildfire

Colorado couple takes wedding photo in front of a wildfire

Crews continue an aggressive air and ground response on Wednesday to contain the fire and protect homes in the area.

It's the first full closure of a national forest in Colorado since 2002 - another very dry year - and will remain in place until sufficient precipitation eases the fire danger.

Summit Fire said the fuel breaks that already existed are the reason the fire has not spread into the subdivision. Areas in those neighborhoods below 20 Grand Road are on pre-evacuation notice.

The cost of fighting both the Burro and 416 fires was put at $10.9 million. Fire officials praised the mitigation work done by residents beforehand that has helped firefighters defend homes along the fire's path. Many will continue to monitor structures around the perimeter of the fire and monitor for potential spot fires that may occur.

The cause of the blaze, which is being called the 416 Fire, which started June 1 in the San Juan National Forest, has not been determined.

The 416 Fire grew to 29,147 acres as of this morning. These burnouts result in heavy smoke patterns that can be seen from Durango.

"We have no reports of any structures lost at this time", said Julie McCluskie, a spokeswoman for the fire command.

The U.S. Forest Service and Albany County fire personnel responded to the Badger Creek Wildfire that began Sunday afternoon in the southern Snowy Range, Medicine Bow National Forest, which forced evacuations from multiple locations due to rapid growth. "As we have proved time and time again, Coloradans are resilient", he said. The Hardmans shared several small hotel rooms for several days with their visiting daughters, Sasha, 21, and Nadia, 19, and their two Labrador retrievers, Pippa and Taz, before renting a home in Vallecito. A pre-evacuation order was issued Wednesday evening for 207 residences and two businesses on the south end of the fire.

"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 closure order will prohibit entry into the San Juan National Forest, including entry by the general public, most administrative entry by Forest Service employees, and most uses authorized under Forest Service permits and contracts.

By Thursday, the blaze burning 67 miles west of Denver had consumed 91 acres and was still growing, thanks to gusty winds, according to Inciweb. In Utah and Colorado, winds could reach 40 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon and evening, and coupled with the dry fuel and low humidity, the danger for fire is heightened.

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