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WILDFIRES RAGE IN USA - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Monday June 18, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Red flags in place as fires burn through western states. A dry winter and current weather conditions cause concern. Summer is young... NEW


It's been the driest winter in decades for many states.

Ski-speaking (it's what we know best) the ski resorts and mountain towns and popular winter destinations had a pretty poor year, regarding snowfall.

Many are now facing the reality of summer:


And with drought threatens wildfire.

Wildfire is already posing danger to mountain towns in Colorado and Wyoming, with 3,000 people having to flee fires on 13th June.

A Utah brushfire has destroyed homes in the popular tourist town of Moab.

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This image is the Buffalo Fire site from 13th June near Silverthorne, Colorado.

An evacuation order was issued for nearly 1,400 people last week who had to flee their homes in central Colorado.

The fire burned dangerously close to local resorts Breckenridge and Keystone.

Fire officials stopped the 90-acre fire that ignited Tuesday and the evacuation order was lifted Thursday.

The Buffalo Fire was caused by humans, Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino said to NBC News.

Late Monday rainfall helped and the Buffalo Fire is now reported to be 95% contained.

The Buffalo Fire brings Colorado's current total of ongoing forest fires up to seven separate blazes.

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Southwest Colorado fire, 416 Fire, that started on 1st June has been kept from growing with the Monday rain, but dry hotter weather to come is causing concern.

1,087 firefighters were battling the blaze on the weekend.

The blaze is about 13 miles north of Durango, which is the corner where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet.

The area is experiencing exceptional drought conditions, NBC reports.

The Badger Creek fire in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Range and National Forest has destroyed one home and two other buildings last week after it started on 10th June.

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PlanetSKI was based out in North America last summer, in Idaho and Banff.

Wildfire burning in nearby countryside clouded the air and we reported closely on fires throughout the continent:

Under current weather conditions through the west, just one abandoned campfire or flame could cause a wildfire that grows and causes disaster.

If you plan on adventuring into the wilderness this summer make sure extinguish campfires properly and pay close attention to local fire bans.

The summer is young...

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