A dozen wildfires were raging in drought-stricken portions of Colorado where hundreds of residents have been evacuated as a wave of prime wildfire weather conditions moves through the U.S. West.

Larry Helmerick, spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center said, “the most active blaze, the Spring Fire, had scorched nearly 24,000 acres (9,712 hectares) between the towns of Fort Garland and La Veta in southern Colorado. The fire was not contained as of Friday”.

The fire officials said, “The largest wildfire in the state, the 416 Fire, which has charred almost 42,000 acres in the southwest corner of the state since it ignited on June 1, is 37 percent contained, State wildlife officers rescued a black bear cub from that fire after it was separated from its mother, and it is being treated for severe burns to its feet”.

According to InciWeb, a federal government wildfire website, “An 845-acre, lightning-sparked blaze, the Sugarloaf Fire, was burning in a remote area of the Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forest, all but the northeastern corner of Colorado is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions”.

The NWS said, “Firefighters may get a break from a heat wave on Saturday as cooler air and rain are forecast for the area before warmer temperatures return Sunday”.

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