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The Latest: New Colorado wildfire forcing evacuations

By: Associated Press
June 12, 2018 Updated: June 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm
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photo - Flames engulf trees in the Wildernest neighborhood near Silverthorne, Colo., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP)
Flames engulf trees in the Wildernest neighborhood near Silverthorne, Colo., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP) 

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in Colorado (all times local):

3 p.m.

Over 1,300 homes have been evacuated by a new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains.

The fire was reported Tuesday near the town of Silverthorne in Summit County, which is home to several ski resorts.

Firefighters say residents of hundreds of other homes have been warned to be ready to evacuate because of the fire, which as burned about 90 acres. No homes have been lost.

The fire is burning near two densely populated developments.

Firefighters are getting some help from firefighting aircraft as they try to stop the fire early.

1:35 p.m.

A new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains is forcing nearby residents to evacuate.

The fire was reported Tuesday near the town of Silverthorne in Summit County, which is home to several ski resorts.

It's not clear how many homes are being evacuated from two affected housing developments.

Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons estimated to KUSA-TV that over 1,000 people could be affected by the evacuations. He says the developments are densely populated, serving as homes for area workers, rather than having sprawling vacation homes.

Firefighters are hoping to stop the fire early and have asked for air support to help.

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8:40 a.m.

Colorado's San Juan National Forest has been closed to the public to try to prevent another catastrophic wildfire in the extremely dry U.S. Southwest.

The closure started Tuesday for the over 2,800 square miles (7,252 square kilometers) forest.

Hundreds of miles of forest trails and thousands of miles of back roads are off limits to hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers. 

Some forest land in Arizona and New Mexico has also been closed because of the fire danger. It's the first full closure of a Colorado national forest since 2002.

The move comes as the residents of over 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate because of a fire that started in the forest that has burned about 31 square miles (about 80 square kilometers).

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12 a.m.

Extreme fire danger is shutting southwestern Colorado's San Juan National Forest, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought.

Forest managers plan to close hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of miles of back roads to hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers as soon as Tuesday. They want to prevent the possibility of an abandoned campfire or any other spark from starting a wildfire that could quickly spread in bone-dry vegetation and be pushed by hot, windy weather.

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.

The move comes as the residents of over 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate because of a fire that started June 1 in the forest and has spread to about 35 square miles (91 square kilometers).

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