Colorado couple takes wedding photo in front of a wildfire

Larry Hoffman
June 15, 2018

Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino said Wednesday night that lightning has been ruled out as a cause of the Buffalo Fire, which erupted Tuesday near the central Colorado town of Silverthorne.

"Under current conditions, one abandoned campfire or spark could cause a catastrophic wildfire, and we are not willing to take that chance with the natural and cultural resources under our protection and care, or with human life and property", said Richard Bustamante, SJNF forest fire staff officer. "Being a resort town, there's a need for a lot of housing and there's only so much available space for good land to build on". It has burned 100 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, officials said.

More than 500 evacuation notices previously handed to residents and businesses in the area have been lifted as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze. Officials are crediting fuel breaks in helping contain the fire, a system that has been in place since 2007.

"There were big black rolling clouds coming off it and it had gotten to the edge of the forest, right next to the neighborhood", Silverthorne resident Jake Schulman told the Summit Daily.

The National Weather Service posted red-flag warnings for extreme fire danger for large portions of the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

Fire officials said Wednesday they believe the 416 Fire won't be contained until the end of July.

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.

The move comes as the residents of over 2,000 homes have been forced to evacuate because of the 416 Fire that started June 1 in the forest that has burned about 31 square miles. The area in and around the forest southwest of Santa Fe has seen a string of fires since April.

Another 127 homes were ordered to evacuate, bringing the total to more than 2,100.

The wildfire with the odd name, "416", continues to be very active especially on the west side.

The west side of the 416 Fire is burning at over 8,000 feet in terrain that is hard for ground resources.

A wildfire burning grass and brush in central Washington threatened several dozen homes and other infrastructure, while more than 250 firefighters raced to the hills overlooking Los Angeles to battle a blaze in thick brush surrounded by large homes.

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