A wildfire broke out Sunday afternoon northwest of Telluride; homes built in the forest were evacuated, and firefighters with air support were racing to suppress flames that had spread across about 60 acres.
Regional coordinators dispatched air tankers and fixed-wing aircraft as ground crews responded to the fire near Placerville, about 15 miles from Telluride, in parched San Miguel County. Tankers swooped over flames, dropping sheets of red slurry.
The fire was consuming trees north of Placerville in the Green Meadows area off Colorado 62. It’s unclear how it started, according to county authorities.
Federal Bureau of Land Management crews joined crews from Telluride, Norwood and Montrose.