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Colorado fires spread to ski resort cities, force more evacuations

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Growing wildfire evacuates thousands in Colorado

Firefighters battling dry and windy conditions; Alicia Acuna reports from Denver.

Wildfires in Colorado spread Tuesday, triggering new evacuation orders and threatens a popular ski resort.

The state’s largest fire forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes Tuesday after the spread dangerously close to the seaside town of Silverthorne and two densely populated residential districts, only 60 miles west of Denver.

U. S. Forest Service spokesperson Adam Bianchi said the latest fire came within 200 metres of a break includes flats, apartments and expensive homes.

On this Monday, June 11, 2018, photos, flames consume trees during a burnout operation that was conducted south of the County Road 202 in the vicinity of Durango, Colorado.

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“There were big black rolling clouds coming and he had gotten to the edge of the forest, directly next to the district,” Silverthorne resident Jake Schulman told the Summit Daily after spotting the fire while walking. “I called my mom to see if there is a fire was reported, and they said that there was and that we need to get out of the mountain.”

Tuesday’s fires were only eight miles away from the nearest ski resort.

More than 50 firefighters were sent to battle the flames.

“I was absolutely amazed at how fast it spread,” Schulman said.

The fire began on 1 June in the San Juan National Forest and have continued to grow in the middle of dry and hot weather. A severe drought has also hit the Four Corners where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

In all, more than 2,000 homes have been evacuated.

Throughout the region, the dry winter has led to a dangerous fire season as firefighters battle blazes in Utah, Wyoming, Washington and California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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