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Man arrested for starting Colorado wildfire

Man arrested for starting Colorado wildfireA man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest. Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody for suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, the most active of around 10 blazes in Colorado, the state hardest hit by fires, according to Costilla County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once he has faced arson charges, said a Costilla County detention officer.



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Fast-spreading California wildfire forces evacuations in Yolo County

Fast-spreading California wildfire forces evacuations in Yolo CountyA fast-growing wildfire that broke out over the weekend in Northern California, fueled by parched lands and high winds, prompted evacuations on Sunday and sent ash spewing over a wide area of the region, officials said. More than 1,200 people were fighting the so-called County Fire, located about 75 miles (120 kms) northeast of San Francisco. The sky turned orange in parts of the San Francisco Bay area due to the blaze, with many residents waking up to a thin coating of ash on windows, cars and lawns.



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Drought-stricken West braces as wildfire season flares up

Drought-stricken West braces as wildfire season flares upSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands fled their homes as major wildfires encroached on a charred area of Northern California still recovering from severe blazes in recent years, sparking concern the state may be in for another destructive series of wildfires this summer.



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Evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire grows

Evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire growsWildfire season is off to a fast start as Durango, Colorado’s “416 Fire” nearly doubled in size in just 24 hours, destroying 22 acres of land.



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Evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire grows

Evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire growsWildfire season is off to a fast start as Durango, Colorado’s “416 Fire” nearly doubled in size in just 24 hours, destroying 22 acres of land.



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New wildfire erupts near Colorado ski resorts, houses

New wildfire erupts near Colorado ski resorts, housesDENVER (AP) — A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West.



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Growing Colorado wildfire forces more evacuations

Growing Colorado wildfire forces more evacuationsDURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A growing wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado forced more people from their homes Sunday as crews tried to slow the blaze being fed by continued hot, dry and windy conditions.



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More evacuations ordered near southwestern Colorado wildfire

More evacuations ordered near southwestern Colorado wildfireDURANGO, Colo. (AP) — More people were ordered to get out of the path of a growing wildfire in southwestern Colorado on Saturday as ground crews contended with hot, dry and windy weather.



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Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen

Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen(Reuters) – A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said. “Weather will be a concern this weekend as critical fire weather conditions are expected,” fire officials said in a Saturday email update on the so-called 416 Fire. “Southwest to west winds will be strengthening across southwest Colorado this weekend.” The Haines Index, used by firefighters to assess the stability and dryness of air over fires, is at its maximum level of six, officials said.



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Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen

Colorado wildfire spreads as winds strengthen(Reuters) – A stubborn Colorado wildfire grew by around a fifth on Saturday, consuming sparsely populated land as low humidity and high winds left firefighters bracing for it to spread, officials said. “Weather will be a concern this weekend as critical fire weather conditions are expected,” fire officials said in a Saturday email update on the so-called 416 Fire. “Southwest to west winds will be strengthening across southwest Colorado this weekend.” The Haines Index, used by firefighters to assess the stability and dryness of air over fires, is at its maximum level of six, officials said.



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