Colorado Wildfire Grows to 22,000 Acres, Closes Forest

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(From UPI)

For the first time in more than a century, Colorado’s San Juan National Forest will close Tuesday due to a nearby wildfire that’s grown to more than 22,000 acres.

The closure order marks the forest’s first closure in its 113-year history.

Forest service officials said access to the public and most administrative staffers would be closed off — including the use of forest campgrounds, day use areas, roads and trails.

Officials said the Colorado 416 wildfire, which started around June 1, has grown to 22,131 acres and is advancing at a rate of 1 mph. The fire has grown about 5,000 acres since Sunday. It is just 15 percent contained.

More than 900 firefighters are working to suppress the blaze. More than 2,200 homes have been evacuated.

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