Wildfires Out West

Crews across the west coast battling several growing wildfires.

Nearly a thousand firefighters are battling to contain Colorado’s largest fire, the 4-16 fire, burning near Duran, in San Juan National Forest. Flames have spread over 23,000 acres, and crews have only been able to contain about 15% of the blaze. More than two thousand residents have been forced to evacuate. Another wildfire erupted in Silverthorne, Colorado on Tuesday. Although the fire isn’t that large, it’s dangerously close to residential areas, prompting evacuations. Meanwhile, in California, more than 150 firefighters are working to put out a major brush fire burning in Beverly Hills. The growing 32-acre fire is also forcing mandatory evacuations. Many states in the west are experiencing drought conditions, the dry winter and latest fires sparking new concerns about a potentially dangerous fire season again this year.