DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) – At least a dozen forest fires raged on Friday in the drought-stricken parts of Colorado, where hundreds of residents were evicted as a wave of weather conditions broke through the US West
The Most Active Fire , the Spring Fire, had seared nearly 24,000 acres (9,71
The fire was caused by people, firefighters said.
On Friday, eight air tanks and five helicopters fire-retardant and water fell on the flame, which burned through scale-dried vegetation and was shot at by swirling winds, said Helmerick by telephone.
"These are the best firing conditions," he said.
An unknown number of structures were consumed The fire, said Linda Smith, a spokeswoman for Costilla County, where the fire is burning. People in about 350 homes in the area were ordered to evacuate, she said, adding that no injuries had been reported.
Huge winds, single-digit humidity and hot temperatures have fueled the fires and could ignite new flames in the western US The National Weather Service (NSW) issued several warnings
The largest conflagration in the state, the 416 Fire, almost 42,000 acres in the southwestern corner of the state has charred since it detonated on June 1, accounting for 37 percent, said fire department officials. [State Officials] Rescued a black bear cub from this fire after being separated from its mother, and it is being treated for serious burns at its feet, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.
19659011] Veterinarians and animal welfare officers treating the young minimize human contact with them, hoping to release it this fall.
Another 250 acre fire is burning on the Weston Pass in the Pike National Forest, according to the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center
In the remote area of the Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests, an 845-acre, sparkling, blazing fire was burning Sugarloaf fire, according to InciWeb, a federal government website for forest fires.
The northeastern corner of Colorado experiences moderate to extraordinary drought conditions, according to the US Drought Monitor, an agency of the US Department of Agriculture.
Firefighters may take a break on Saturday as cooler air and rain are expected The area is returning from warmer temperatures on Sunday, the NWS said.
(Report by Keith Coffman in Denver, edited by Richard Chang)