>> Prepare to get out. That's the word being sent to scores of homeowners in southwestern Colorado. The notice is prompted by a raging wildfire that is still growing after doubling in size last weekend.>> All hell broke loose. That fire just exploded and it created a vortex which was throwing flames down the mountain, which then went up the mountain all at the same time, and it was scary.
>> Residents of about 2,000 homes have already fled the place, some taking shelter at a middle school in the city of Durango, all wondering what they'll find when they return.>> We didn't know if we were gonna lose everything.>> It's been insane. It's been intense.>> The fire, fanned by hot, dry winds, covers more than 22,000 acres near Durango.
More than 900 firefighters are battling the blaze. But officials are now preparing to close the nearly 2 million acre San Juan National Forest because of the danger. It's the first full closure of a national forest in Colorado since 2002. And officials say the entire Four Corners region of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona is now in extreme fire danger until the weather improves.