More evacuations were ordered Saturday for people in southwestern Colorado near the Weber Fire which has more-than-doubled since the morning.
Officials say the flames are now burning between 5,500 and 6,00 acres near Mancos; that is up from 800 Friday night and 2,500 Saturday morning.
A total of 110 homes have been ordered to evacuate with another 350 given pre-evacuation notices. The entire town of Mancos is also on pre-evacuation notice.
Fire crews say three people have elected to stay behind despite word to flee the area.
Although the flames got close to a handful of homes Saturday, firefighters say no homes were damaged. Fire crews are reporting significant and sometimes volatile fire behavior Saturday.
“This is actually a good thing, said Operations Chief Justin Kinkaid. "It will allow the fire to get to less-steep terrain where we can safely engage it.”
Most of the blaze is burning in a remote area.
"The fire is currently burning south to southeast of Mancos in very steep, rugged terrain," Public Information Officer Pam Wilson said. "It is very hard to put firefighters into that area."
The wildfire broke out at around 5:30 pm on Friday in Weber Canyon, which is about 8 miles southeast of the Mesa Verde National Park Visitor's center or about 18 miles east-southeast of Cortez.
Weather and fire conditions on Sunday are expected to be very similar to Saturday.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by calling the evacuation information line at (970) 564-4999. Evacuees are being housed by the Red Cross at the Mancos School.
Close to 150 people were fighting the fire as of 7:30 pm Sunday. Type 3 incident commanders have ordered at Type 2 team which is scheduled to arrive on Monday.