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The 416 Fire continues to threaten homes and land in southwestern Colorado.
The wildfire, which initially ignited about 10 miles north of Durango on June 1, has ripped through 32,959 acres and is only 20 percent contained.
Fighting the blaze has proven challenging for the more than 1,100 emergency personnel working to contain it as weather conditions thwarted their firefighting efforts last weekend and into early this week.
“There was some growth on the northwest side, but the fire is still in areas of thinner fuel, so it is not moving quickly at this time,” officials said. “The fire will likely gain intensity as it moves into denser fuel.”
More than 2,100 people were ordered to evacuate the area last weekend. However, evacuation orders for San Juan County residents were lifted by 8 a.m. local time on Wednesday.
Air quality in Durango is considered at “hazardous” levels, which is the poorest level on the air quality index. Air quality advisories are in place as significant ash blows eastward from the fire, according to officials. People in the area are being advised to take steps to protect their respiratory health.
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San Juan County homes will remain on pre-evacuation notice, according to officials. No structures have been destroyed as of Thursday evening. The 416 Fire’s cause is still unknown.
A handful of other wildfires, including the 95-percent-contained Ute Park Fire in New Mexico, continue to burn in the Four Corners region. A 100-acre wildfire in Colorado’s Buffalo Mountain ignited Tuesday morning 2 miles west of Silverthorne, prompting hundreds of evacuations in that area.
Some of the larger wildfires that Colorado has experienced include the 117 Fire, which burned 40,892 acres in April 2018; and 2002's Hayman Fire, which ripped through 138,114 acres and is considered the state's largest wildfire on record.
Editor’s note: This story previously reported that the 416 Fire was the fifth largest wildfire in Colorado history. The information has been updated to reflect larger wildfires that have occurred.
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Residents of southern Japan and South Korea are bracing for Typhoon Soulik to pose serious threats to lives and property into Thursday.
Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Cast as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 25, 2017. The storm caused catastrophic damage along the Texas coast, dropping record-breaking rainfall in the affected region.
A system that has a history of producing flooding and violent thunderstorms will threaten an expansive area of the central United States into Monday night.
A sweep of cooler air in the central United States will be preceded by disruptive downpours and locally severe thunderstorms into the start of the new week.
As the Indonesian island of Lombok continues to recover from the devastating earthquake earlier this month, two more powerful tremors jolted the island in a span of less than 12 hours to end the weekend.
The northeastern United States will be treated to an even stronger push of refreshing air later this week but not before drenching thunderstorms ramp back up across the region by midweek.
Typhoon Soulik will not be the only tropical system to bring impacts to Japan this week as Cimaron strengthens and threatens the country later in the week.
Despite weakening and taking a track south of the Big Island, Major Hurricane Lane will still stir dangerous seas across the Hawaiian Islands this week.