Moab residents return to burned down homes after fire

Hugh Fox
June 15, 2018

The Buffalo Fire broke out Tuesday on a mountain near Silverthorne in Summit County, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes.

And in southwestern Colorado, residents of about 180 homes were allowed back home because a fire there is no longer considered a threat to the homes.

These subdivisions will remain under pre-evacuation orders, and residents will be subject to the limited opening hours of U.S. Highway 550, which will close Wednesday at 6 p.m.

An air tanker drops retardant on the Buffalo Fire.

"Folks on the ground have not caught a break since the day this fire started", he said, reports the Durango Herald. The investigation was ongoing.

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Charlie Looney, a firefighter with Albany County Central Fire Department, closes a compartment in his truck as smoke from the Badger Creek Fire drifts through the trees behind him Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Mountain Home, Wyo. It remains 15 percent contained.

Extreme fire danger forced the closure of several national forests, including San Juan National Forest in Colorado.

No one has been hurt, and no structures have burned down in the 416 Fire, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said.

The biggest is the Tank Fire burning in an area about a mile north of Clints Well.

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 US fire information service. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for the community of Foxborough.

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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.

The fire burned from its origin to more than six miles to the north and east and prompted county officials to issue additional evacuation notices, according to Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland spokesman Aaron Voos.

Fire officials are monitoring storm activity to see how it will affect planned back-burns today.

San Juan National Forest Supervisor, Kara Chadwick, wants concerned citizens to know that instituting a forest closure is an extremely hard decision, and she is aware that the closure will affect a great many people, businesses, partner agencies, forest management activities, and the public.

An overnight shelter has been opened for evacuees at Frisco Elementary School. "As we have proved time and time again, Coloradans are resilient".

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