The US state of Colorado has been ravaged by wildfires that have forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes.
The rapidly spreading fires are to the north of Denver in Boulder County, and officials are predicting deaths and injuries as the fires spread. Some 30,000 people in the towns of Louisville and Superior were requested to leave their homes on Thursday.
Governor Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency. “This fire is not one that reflects resources so much as it reflects nature.” “We hope that the winds will die down, that the weather will change,” Polis said.
Flames are raging across the region due to winds as strong as 105 mph (169 kph).
These latest blazes have been burning in more suburban areas of Colorado, unlike previous fires which have been burning in rural areas.
Power lines were toppled by strong winds, causing at least some of these fires to start. These have become the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history.
At least some were sparked when power lines were toppled by strong winds, and they have quickly become the most destructive wildfires in the modern history of the state.According to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, some 370 homes were destroyed west of Superior and another 210 charred in Superior’s Old Town area.