OR fire forces evacuations, highway closure near Warm Springs

OR fire forces evacuations, highway closure near Warm Springs

More than 2,500 homes in Colorado are under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than a half dozen wildfires around the state. A thick marine layer of cool, moist air that has so far hampered Fourth of July beach trips is protecting Bay Area residents from harmful effects of the smoke from fires burning in Yolo, Lake and Napa counties. It sparked amid a regional fire hazard warning in place throughout the day Saturday and into Sunday morning, due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusting winds. Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fuelled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending smoke some 120 kilometres south into the San Francisco Bay Area.

You can also use this general map of California fires, provided by Google and CAL FIRE.

Authorities announced late Monday that a fire near Fort Garland, about 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Denver, had destroyed 104 homes in a mountain housing development started by multimillionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes in the 1970s.

"So I think this is fairly indicative of what we're going to be seeing more often, and unfortunately it also is a precursor I think for what's going to be a longer fire season", he said. Several structures have been lost since the fire started Sunday, but it's unclear how many, said Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forest, Fire and State Lands.

With burnout operations concluded, firefighters have moved to the north edge of the fire in an effort to strengthen existing fire lines and prepare for future burnout operations to protect Purgatory Resort. While the Lake County fires are at 73% containment, the fires near Guinda in Yolo County are relatively new.

This item has been corrected to say that more than 2,000 homes have been evacuated by the fire. The cause of the fire is listed as "under investigation". The breakdown of resources at the fire remained unchanged at the 8 a.m. update. It was only three per cent contained as of Monday afternoon.

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