- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on Colorado wildfires (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Residents displaced by a wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park have been allowed to return home.

The Grand County Office of Emergency Management announced Friday night that the evacuation order for about 300 homes near the town of Grand Lake had been lifted. The fire, which started Thursday, burned dangerously close to homes but did not damage any.

It burned just over 17 acres (6.9 hectares) and is 70 percent contained.



The fire did not cross into Rocky Mountain National, although smoke was visible on the west and east sides of the park.

Hot, dry and windy weather has raised the fire danger in Colorado as well as in Utah and parts of Arizona and Nevada. Cooler temperatures are expected in Colorado over the weekend.

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5:50 p.m.

Five wildfires have prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes amid dry, windy weather in Colorado.

At least 650 homes were affected, but the exact number wasn’t immediately known Friday.

Some structures were destroyed by one of the fires, in the mountains east of Fort Garland in southern Colorado. Authorities haven’t said how many. That fire has burned more than 37 square miles (96 square kilometers) and prompted the closure of a highway.

The other fires ranged from 20 to 250 acres (8 to 100 hectares).

Another wildfire has burned 65 square miles (168 square kilometers) north of Durango in southwestern Colorado, but no evacuation orders were in place there Friday.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for most of western Colorado and eastern Utah Friday, saying gusty winds and low humidity were conducive to fires.

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4:15 p.m.

Two more wildfires have prompted evacuation orders in Colorado.

The new fires were reported Friday west of Pueblo and south of Florissant. The number of homes affected wasn’t immediately known.

The fire west of Pueblo prompted authorities to shut down a 2-mile (3-kilometer) section of Colorado Highway 96. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department says the evacuation zone includes the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center. Authorities had no estimate on the size of the fire.

The fire south of Florissant had burned about 100 acres (about 42 hectares).

Earlier evacuation orders remained in place Friday at two other Colorado wildfires.

About 300 homes were evacuated Thursday west of Rocky Mountain National Park. Some of those residents have been allowed to return.

Another 350 homes were evacuated Thursday because of a fire east of Fort Garland.

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1:55 p.m.

A southern Colorado wildfire has grown to more than 37 square miles (96 square kilometers) and prompted the closure of a highway.

The fire was burning in the mountains east of Fort Garland Friday. Authorities say an unknown number of structures have been destroyed.

State highway officials have closed U.S. 160 between Fort Garland and La Veta, a distance of 35 miles (56 kilometers) because of heavy smoke and nearby flames. There was no word on when it would reopen.

At least four other wildfires are burning in Colorado.

One fire north of Durango has burned 65 square miles (168 square kilometers). No homes have been lost.

A small fire just west of Rocky Mountain Park has prompted the evacuation of 300 homes but none has been damaged. The fire is near the town of Grand Lake and has burned 20 acres (8 hectares).

Two other fires, one near Fraser and another to the south in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, are burning in remote areas and aren’t threatening any homes.

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11 a.m.

An orphaned bear cub with painful burns on her paws has been rescued from a Colorado wildfire and is being nursed back to health.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers said Friday they believe she’ll recover well enough to be released into the wild someday.

The cub is 4 or 5 months old and weighed just 10 pounds when she was rescued.

Firefighters spotted her wandering alone in a burned-over area north of Durango in southwestern Colorado the week of June 18. They notified wildlife officers because there was no sign of her mother.

Officers don’t know how the mother and cub became separated.

The cub has severe burns on her feet and is being treated with salve, bandages, antibiotics and pain medication. She’s being fed solid food and a liquid milk replacement that imitates the milk of a sow.

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8:15 a.m.

A wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 350 homes in southern Colorado has grown to an estimated 22 square miles (57 square kilometers).

Authorities say the fire in the mountains east of Fort Garland has destroyed some structures since it started Wednesday but haven’t released details yet about the extent of the damage.

Firefighters are also fighting several new fires that started Thursday in very hot and bone-dry weather.

One near Rocky Mountain National Park forced the evacuation of about 300 homes in Grand County but firefighters got a good jump on stopping its advance.

Two other new fires, one near Fraser and to the south in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, are burning in remote areas and aren’t threatening any homes.

Another fire that started in southwestern Colorado on June 1 remains active.

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