REPORT: Colorado wildfire grows 40 percent, over 1,000 homes evacuated (VIDEO/PICTURES)

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(Reuters) – Colorado officials ordered another 300 homes in the southwestern part of the state evacuated on Friday as a massive wildfire grew 40 percent larger than it had been the day before after jumping a highway that had previously been a barrier on its east side.

Residents of some 1,500 homes have now been ordered to evacuate the area threatened by fire, La Plata County officials said in a statement. So far no homes have been burned and no injuries reported, said Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La Plata County, Colorado.

The article goes on to state the following:

Two dozen wildfires in eight states were being tracked by federal agencies on Friday.

DML News offers the following additional information published by APNEWS.COM:

The fire started June 1 in San Juan National Forest land. It comes as severe drought is gripping the American Southwest, especially the area where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet.

Police escorts led traffic convoys along the highway during daylight hours Friday.

The article goes on to state the following:

Residents affected by Friday’s order had until 4 p.m. to comply so firefighters can check the advance of the northeast flank of the fire. The order applied to an area north of the town of Hermosa, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Durango.

Friday’s priority was protecting structures around Hermosa, Brian Eaby, a spokesman for a federal team in charge of the firefighting effort, told The Durango Herald. He said no structures were immediately threatened.

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