Golf Course Fire in Grand Lake threatens 300 homes, forces evacuations

Two cars destroyed by wildfire at a home in Spring Valley California. As of Wednesday the Pawnee Fire had scorched mor

Wildfires have burned through almost 2.5 million acres in the United States from January 1 through Monday, well above an average of about 2.3 million for the same calendar period over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The 416 Fire is on track this week to become one of Colorado's largest wildfires in state history. Cal fire says the fire is burning towards south towards Solano County and west towards Lake Berryessa. Leone Lakhani has more.

Wildfires have burned through almost one million hectares in the United States this year as of June 29 - well above the average, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. "But by then the question is how much containment of the fire will occur?"

"We're just urging people to use extreme caution", said Wendy Mason, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico State Forestry Division.

However, any lingering smoke from the fires could be pushed out of the region by some westerly winds on Monday, according to Anna Schneider of the National Weather Service in Monterey. Cal Fire says the blaze is now 2 percent contained. Smoke and ash are contributing to poor air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area and California wine country.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for many residents in Yolo County but some refuse to go.

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With dry grass, homes and other structures, as well as a few miles, between the flames and the town of Guinda, crews surrounded any buildings they could. More than 147,000 acres have already been scorched in the fires now burning across Colorado.

Authorities evacuated about 450 people from 300 homes along County Road 48 and east to USA 34 and north to Rocky Mountain National Park.

That fire is more than 70 percent contained after charring about 22 square miles of brush.

Ellen Booth and Larry Booth told KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs that they lost their second home where they planned to retire.

The fire, which covers land in Costilla and Huerfano counties, has shut down U.S. 160 between Fort Garland and La Veta.

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