As of Monday, the 416 Fire north of Durango has ripped through more than 22,130 acres around the Hermosa Creek drainage, while the Burro Fire has rapidly grown to more than 1,000 acres northeast of Dolores.
Residents of a total of 2,156 homes have been ordered to evacuate as of Sunday afternoon, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham told The Durango Herald.
Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands officials said Monday that the shutdown - starting as early as Friday - will remain in effect pending a significant amount of moisture and subsequent decreases in fire danger.
Almost 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado, and over 1,000 other homes could be in danger as the Buffalo Mountain wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire & EMS.
Firefighters employed every measure in the book including burning grasses and bushes ahead of the fire, bulldozing and shoveling fire breaks, dropping retardant from a small fleet of helicopters and installing sprinkling systems to keep homes along the perimeter wet. Forest Spokesman Aaron Voos said the fire is making a run to the east. Power has been cut to the area in cooperation with Carbon Power and Light.
"We recognize that this is hard for the local businesses and the local economy and just ask that people just be understanding and patient", Hooley said.
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 fire began Tuesday about 2 miles west of Silverthorne, a town with about 4,700 residents and about 65 miles west of Denver.
The incident commander says firefighters are doing their best to get it under control.
All 1.8 million acres (730,000 hectares) of the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado were due to be closed to visitors by Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement, citing the fire danger. The team is also in charge of the 416 Fire.
At least six wildfires are burning in the state of Colorado this week, bolstered by hot, dry winds and no rain in the forecast.
As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the fire was roughly estimated at 100 acres and there is no containment.
The dry conditions and wind in the area were making the fire hard to fight, despite the roughly 70 people who were assigned to the fire, according to the Incident Information System. Crews report they have it 10 percent contained.
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