Colorado fires spread to ski resort towns, where more evacuations



Growing wildfire evacuates thousands in Colorado

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

Wildfires in Colorado spread on Tuesday, triggering new evacuation orders and threatens a popular area known for its ski resorts.

Colorado’s largest fire forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes on 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.

The fires on Tuesday were only 8 km away from the nearest ski resort.

More than 50 firefighters were sent to battle the flames.

The fire originally 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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