The wildfires burning in Colorado and New Mexico continue to burn forcing hundreds to evacuate. The main fire burning in Colorado has grown to over 22 square miles while the fire in New Mexico has reached 40 square miles and destroyed at least 20 structures and is growing closer to residential homes.
Fire officials in New Mexico report the fire there is not contained and expected to spread since they have not been able to build containment lines yet.
Dan Ware, a spokesman with New Mexico State Forestry, says that infrared mapping done overnight shows that the Little Bear Fire has grown to more than 26,000 acres, or 40 square miles.
Meanwhile the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins, Colorado is also growing and is approaching residential areas as well. Residents have been notified that they may need to evacuate with little notice and to prepare.
Communications have become a problem for residents as cell towers themselves are also threatened, with some already burned. Several reports of missing people have come in, but officials are not sure how many are real and how many are the result of poor communications.
The Red Cross has set up shelters for those affected in Laporte and Loveland.