The Latest: Colorado fire grows; more evacuations possible | National – Alaska News

The Latest: Colorado fire grows; more evacuations possible | National – Alaska News

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. Southwest (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

A wildfire in southwestern Colorado has grown to about 360 acres (145 hectares), and residents of a half-dozen subdivisions have been told to be ready to evacuate.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2tqhQD0 ) some residents who had already left their homes were escorted back in Thursday to retrieve belongings, livestock and pets.

One house has been destroyed and about 170 have been evacuated near the fire outside Durango. A campground was also evacuated.

The fire was reported Wednesday. Firefighter spokesman Scot Davis said investigators had not determined the source because the ground was too hot for them to safely examine the area.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency earlier Thursday, allowing the National Guard to help if needed. The state also sent aircraft to help ground crews.

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4:30 p.m.

Authorities believe a handful of homes have been destroyed in an Arizona forest fire that has displaced thousands of people.

Officials do not have an exact number of homes that have been lost in the fire. Arizona State Forestry Division director Jeff Whitney estimated it could be five homes.

The fire also caused major disruptions for children who were attending summer camps in the area. County officials had to close several campgrounds, sending 1,400 kids home early from summer camp.

Fire crews got a better handle on the blaze Thursday, and it’s about 25 percent contained.

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2:35 p.m.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey…

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