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Wildfires in New Mexico, Colorado herald rough season ahead

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper gives a press briefing on the 2018 wildfire outlook.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper discusses the state's 2018 wildfire outlook in on April 13, 2018. Credit: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Large wildfires in New Mexico and Colorado have forced hundreds to evacuate, and burned at least a dozen structures since Friday. The blazes are taking place amid tinder dry and windy conditions, and signal what officials fear will be a historically damaging fire seasons.

The big picture: One of the rapidly spreading fires, known as the 416 fire, is burning near Durango, in southwestern Colorado. It has forced the evacuation of nearly 800 homes since it was first seen on Friday morning. The fire has been burning through parts of the San Juan National Forest, and as of Saturday morning, the fire was 0 percent contained and had spread to 1,100 acres, according to Inciweb, a government portal for wildfire disaster information.