UPDATE (2 p.m.): According to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland Twitter, the communities of Beehive, Gramm, & Miller Lake communities are being evacuated by Albany County officials. It's the first full closure of a national forest in Colorado since 2002, which was another very dry year.
The Badger Creek Fire in southern Wyoming exploded in size.
The Buffalo Fire broke out Tuesday on a mountain near Silverthorne in Summit County, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes. Winds out of the west are expected to gust to 25 miles per hour.
"There were big black rolling clouds coming off it and it had gotten to the edge of the forest, right next to the neighborhood", he added.
The photographer said the couple had to move the spot of the wedding because of the fire and chose to use the fire for a backdrop.
Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons estimated to KUSA-TV that over 1,000 people could be affected by the evacuations. There were pre-evacuation orders in other areas along Wyoming's border with Colorado as well. "We just want to go home", evacuee Pam Mooney told KDVR.com.
With fires still burning, wooded areas could be off limits for the rest of the week as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gets ready to enforce a forest closure order.
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Graham said earlier that 2,162 structures or homes have been evacuated since the beginning of the fire, and 500 residents are now on pre-evacuation. There have been no reports of homes being damaged by the blaze.
The incident commander says firefighters are doing their best to get it under control.
"The fire dangers are only increasing in critically dry conditions". The announcement came today after a month of increasing fire restrictions in the forest and worsening wildfires in the area.
Early on, fire commanders identified U.S. Highway 550 as a critical battle line to protect homes east of the road while mostly allowing the wildfire to burn away from small towns and developments including Hermosa Creek.
The fire remains at 91 acres but is zero percent contained on Wednesday morning.
Sweetie Marbury, the mayor of nearby Durango - about 10 miles from the fire - said there are plenty of things people can do in the area, including river rafting, cycling and fishing and learning about history at places like Mesa Verde and Chimney Rock National Monument. The date is not a set-in-stone time for when the fire will be completely contained.
In Utah, a fast moving fire destroyed multiple structures including 8 homes. The fire started on Sunday, and officials were asking anyone who might have been in the area where it started for any information on the cause.