Another day of hot, dry and windy weather is expected in southern Wyoming, where a wildfire has been burning virtually unabated this week.
Multiple wildfires are already burning in the area, including the 23,000-acre 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, and the 41,000-acre Buzzard Fire in west-central New Mexico.
Residents who live on the west side of U.S. Highway 550 from mile marker 33.5 at Honeyville north to the Glacier Club entrance at mile marker 39.5 were allowed to return.
Thousands of home and businesses are being threatened by several wildfires, including at least seven raging through Colorado.
"There were big black rolling clouds coming off it and it had gotten to the edge of the forest, right next to the neighborhood", he added.
The fire has only been 15% contained since it was first reported on June 1.
Flames engulf trees in the Wildernest neighbourhood.
"We recognize that this is hard for the local businesses and the local economy and just ask that people just be understanding and patient", Hooley said.
Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona are struggling with an usually hot spring that came after a winter with little snowfall, priming the forests to burn. More than 1,000 firefighters will fight the fire Wednesday.
Some 2,150 dwellings remained under evacuation orders and residents of another 500 homes were advised they, too, might have to flee at a moment's notice, La Plata County officials said.
No homes had burned, but 14 outbuildings have been destroyed. Another fire nearby has burned about 4 square miles (10 square kilometers). More than 900 people are fighting the blaze, officials said.
Incident commander Todd Pechota told evacuated residents Saturday that the situation is "going to get worse before it gets better", the Herald reported.
The Bernalillo County closures take effect Friday and will remain in place until the area receives a significant amount of moisture and the danger decreases.
Most campgrounds, picnic areas, trails, trailheads and forest roads in Mountainair, Sandia and Mount Taylor ranger districts of the Cibola National Forest are closing to all recreational activities indefinitely due to extreme fire danger, the Forest Service announced Monday.
The fire has burned about 17 square miles (44 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of almost 400 residences in 10 small communities in the area.
The so-called Badger Creek Fire began Sunday and had grown to about 11 square miles by Thursday morning.
The cause of the Fire is unknown and is under investigation. The date is not a set-in-stone time for when the fire will be completely contained.