Brutal Southwestern Colorado Wildfire Still Expanding


A  closely monitored but expanding wildfire that prompted evacuations from about 1,300 homes in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 14 square miles (35 square kilometers).1-colorado-wildfire

Authorities said Saturday that hot, dry weather this weekend could make things harder for crews trying to control the fire north of Durango. It was 10 percent contained.

Fire managers say no homes have been destroyed.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Saturday that smoke has reached unhealthy levels in La Plata County as far south as the Colorado-New Mexico border.

The area includes the communities of Durango and Hermosa and the Southern Ute Reservation.

The fire started June 1 but the cause hasn’t been determined. It comes amid a severe drought in the Four Corners area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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