Residents were told to ‘leave now’ after the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires quickly spread Friday afternoon.
"This is a dangerous and life-threatening fire situation," the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department stated after the rapid intensification.
Officials urged residents to flee immediately after the fires moved through the Gallinas River Corridor.
Big Pine, Porvenir Canyon, Canovas Canyon, El Porvenir, Gallinas, Lower Canyon Road and Trout Springs are in ‘GO' mandatory evacuation status.
Fire crews said heavy smoke is impacting the area and will continue to expand in coverage along County Road A27 throughout the rest of the day.
The fires have burned over 75,000 acres as of Saturday morning. There is just over 1,000 personnel working these fires.
Strong winds and warm temperatures continue to make fighting the fire difficult.