Colorado wildfire doubles in size, hundreds more evacuations underway

June 10 (Reuters) - A Colorado wildfire nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday and prompted hundreds more evacuations as dry and windy conditions were expected to persist, officials said.

The so-called 416 Fire in southwest Colorado had burned nearly 17,000 acres by Sunday morning, an area larger than Manhattan. The fire located north of Durango was 10 percent contained, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said.

The fire had burned about 9,000 acres by early on Saturday, according to an aerial survey.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued on Sunday for approximately 675 residences, bringing the total number of homes under evacuation to almost 2,000, La Plata County, Colorado, spokeswoman Megan Graham said.

Law enforcement officials are going door to door and residents have been warned to leave via calls to their phones, text message and emails, Graham said.

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Flames rise from the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, U.S. in this June 5, 2018 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 6, 2018. La Plata County/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
A helicopter drops water on the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, U.S. in this June 4, 2018 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 5, 2018. La Plata County/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
#416Fire update: Electra Lake south to Baker’s Bridge evacuated. North Electra Lake to Meadow View Drive, including… https://t.co/BlfThWAGjc
#416Fire 1,100 acres as of 7:30 p.m.; fire behavior calming. Evacuations are in effect for approximately 825 reside… https://t.co/DZrJgEFdHI
A large #wildfire ignited and spread rapidly in #NewMexico yesterday prompting evacuation orders. #GOESEast capture… https://t.co/2j659NwD7b
#461Fire at approximately 1,100 acres as of 7:30. Here’s final report for today: https://t.co/uiOtzZr1wK https://t.co/BxrMOo4BP8
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A helicopter drops water on the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, U.S. in this June 4, 2018 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 5, 2018. La Plata County/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Smoke and flames rage on a mountain on Highway 149 along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway near Creede, Colorado June 24, 2013. A trio of wind driven wildfires roared across 76,000 acres of national forest in southwest Colorado as firefighters held the line against flames threatening the mountain town of South Fork. REUTERS/John McEvoy (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
Smoke from the Papoose fire is seen from Highway 149 along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway near Creede, Colorado June 24, 2013. A trio of wind driven wildfires roared across 76,000 acres of national forest in southwest Colorado as firefighters held the line against flames threatening the mountain town of South Fork. REUTERS/John McEvoy (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
A combination of photos show (clockwise from top L) the remains of a burned-out house, a view of the old foundation which has been removed and the hole filled in for a house, beginnings of a foundation for a house, and rebuilt homes and vacant lots on Courtney Drive in Colorado Springs July 29, 2012, November 15, 2012, February 21, 2013, and June 26, 2013. The Waldo Canyon fire on June 26, 2012 destroyed 346 homes. Pictures taken July 29, 2012, November 15, 2012, February 21, 2013, and June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION DISASTER SOCIETY)
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Low humidity and high winds have left firefighters bracing for the fire to spread and the weather was expected to be dry and windy on Sunday.

Images on social media showed large plumes of smoke disseminating above mountains against a backdrop of blue sky.

A blaze known as the Burro fire prompted U.S. Forest Service officials on Saturday to close part of the Colorado trail in the San Juan National Forest.

In addition, an air quality health advisory was extended on Sunday due to unhealthy levels of smoke, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

In 2017, a near-record 10 million acres (4 million hectares) were burned in U.S. wildfires, the National Interagency Coordination Center said.

The same agency issued a June forecast for "above-normal significant large fire potential" in Southern California and the Four Corners region of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, because of a deepening drought and ample fuel for wildfires.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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