DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Over 2,800 square miles of public land in southwestern Colorado will be closed to campers, hikers and bikers because of the fire danger.

PHOTO GALLERY: 416 Fire

Officials plan to bar most entry to the San Juan National Forest starting Tuesday to prevent the possibility of an abandoned campfire or another spark starting another catastrophic wildfire in exceptional drought conditions. Roads through the forest will remain open.

416 fire credit kyle miller fire photography National Forest In Southwest Colorado To Close Because Of Fire Danger

416 fire (credit: Kyle Miller Fire Photography)

Residents of over 2,000 homes have been ordered to evacuate because of a fire that started in the forest north of Durango, which doubled in size to about 25 square miles over the weekend.

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(credit: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The closure will remain in place until enough moisture falls to improve conditions.
Last month, some forest land in Arizona was closed because of the fire danger.Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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