This year, almost 24,000 wildfires have burned more than 1.7 million acres across the country.
Due to the extreme fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service closed the entire, almost 3,000-square-mile San Juan National Forest to the public on Tuesday.
Packard said the adobe-style resort has seen no impact from the forest closure and credited authorities with putting up signs telling visitors that local businesses are open.
As of 2:45 p.m., Summit Fire & EMS reports 1,384 homes have evacuated while another 1,160 are on pre-evacuation notice.
Charlie Looney, a firefighter with Albany County Central Fire Department, closes a compartment in his truck as smoke from the Badger Creek Fire drifts through the trees behind him Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Mountain Home, Wyo.
Extreme fire danger in the southwest has prompted federal land managers to take the unusual step of indefinitely closing public access to an area of national forests larger than CT.
Firefighters are braced for more dry weather as they battle to put out raging wildfires in the Centennial State. The cause of the fire is not known.
The fire danger had already shut down national forests and parks in Arizona and New Mexico, the AP reported.
The fire is one of several blazes burning in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming amid dry conditions and severe drought.
Full forest closures are not common and the Forest Service stresses they're only done as a last resort. The date is not a set-in-stone time for when the fire will be completely contained.
San Juan National Forest officials in southwestern Colorado planned to close hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of miles of back roads to hikers, bikers, horseback riders and campers as soon as Tuesday to prevent the possibility of an abandoned campfire or any other spark from starting a wildfire.
"We don't anticipate there being a big push there in that northeastern corner", Knight said.
"We recognize that this is hard for the local businesses and the local economy and just ask that people just be understanding and patient", Hooley said.
A historic scenic railroad popular with tourists who come to area for hiking, camping and biking in the summer has stopped running because of the fire.
A massive wildfire dubbed the "416 fire" has raged for fourteen days in southern Colorado.
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Large wildfires also forced evacuations farther west.
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