In this photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a female bear cub lies on a table with bandages on its burned paws in Del Norte, Colo., June 27, 2018.

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DURANGO, Colo. — An orphaned bear cub that suffered painful burns to its paws in one of a half-dozen wildfires scorching Colorado is being nursed back to health, state officials said Friday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers believe the bear will recover well enough to be released this winter.

“When the bear was brought in, I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it,” Michael Sirochman said, a Parks and Wildlife veterinary technician. “But she’s responding very well to treatment, and by winter we believe we’ll be able to return her to the wild.”

It was an encouraging bit of news amid an extreme drought and an outbreak of disruptive wildfires in Colorado and much of the Southwestern U.S.

As of Friday, the 416 fire  burned more than 41,000 acres and was 37 percent contained, The Denver Post reports. More than 2,000 homes were evacuated at one point, but those residents were allowed to return.

In this photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Tracey Sirochman, left, and Michael Sirochman, right, treat a female bear cub’s burned paws on June 27, 2018, at a Colorado Parks and Wildlife facility in Del Norte, Colo.

Joe Lewandowski / Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP

Another wildfire in the southern part of the state destroyed an unknown number of structures and forced residents of 350 homes to evacuate, authorities said. The flames chewed through about 37 square miles outside Fort Garland.

A third fire prompted evacuations of 300 homes west of Rocky Mountain National Park. At least three other fires

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