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A total of at least seven major wildfires were raging in parts Colorado on Tuesday, marking the biggest concentration of roughly 30 blazes burning across nine Western states as the 2018 summer wildfire season heated up across the region. There have been no reports of homes being damaged by the blaze.

County Fire Marshal Keith Clark says the idea is to reduce the likelihood of a human-caused fire.

By afternoon, though, officials were optimistic about their battle against the Buffalo fire, which elicited a massive response of firefighters and firefighting aircraft and was burning on about 100 acres in the White River National Forest.

Residences and businesses in the Rockwood, Tamarron, and Glacier Club areas who were evacuated on June 1 were allowed back into their homes Wednesday.

The Buffalo fire is burning in an area of unincorporated Summit County near the Wildernest and Mesa Cortina subdivisions - where residents of about 1,400 units were ordered to flee immediately.

Homes in the 1000 block of County Road 204 at Sailing Hawks - 44 in all - are under pre-evac notice as well, La Plata County government said.

The Tinder Fire was contained on May 24. Fire spokesman Brian Eady told the Associated Press that the increase noted over the weekend was the result of both the fire's natural growth and intentional blazes sparked by firefighters in an effort to control its movement.

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This week, authorities in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico closed recreational areas and enacted fire restrictions because of the high fire danger.

The 416 Fire and a separate fire burning nearby, the so-called Burro Fire, also prompted state parks officials to close several wildlife areas to the public.

San Juan National Forest Supervisor, Kara Chadwick, wants concerned citizens to know that instituting a forest closure is an extremely hard decision, and she is aware that the closure will affect a great many people, businesses, partner agencies, forest management activities, and the public.

LARAMIE, Wyo. - A wildfire has started in the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming, forcing evacuations of several small communities and backcountry campers.

The so-called Badger Creek Fire began Sunday and had grown to about 11 square miles by Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is not known.

Fire officials on Thursday monitored storm activity to see how it would affect planned back-burns. By Thursday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

Meanwhile, a fire in southern Wyoming that burned 8.2 square miles (21 square kilometers) has destroyed some structures.


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