Wildfires have displaced thousands in the US state of Colorado and destroyed or damaged hundreds of buildings. In the cities of Louisville and Superior, about 34,000 residents were asked to go to emergency camps, the Boulder District Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday (local time).
The small grass fire could have turned into two big fires due to very strong winds, Sheriff Joe Belle told reporters. One of them could be brought under control, but the other spread very quickly. Pictures and videos show the flames moving towards the houses decorated for Christmas and the sky darkening due to the smoke.
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According to media reports, the fire, which is different from winter in the region, may have been triggered by strong winds tearing power lines to the ground. After several months of drought, the situation has worsened. The National Weather Service said it was blowing at 170 kilometers per hour, a “truly historic storm”.
Governor Jarrett has declared a state of emergency in the northwestern district of Denver, the regional capital. In a few seconds they spread If there were flames along the length of a football field, people would not have had time to store their most important belongings. “Rebuilding the lives of families directly affected in Colorado can be a daunting task,” he added.
The sheriff added that according to preliminary estimates, 370 homes have been destroyed in the Sagmore district alone. A further 210 people may have been devastated by the fire. A shopping center and a hotel were also affected. According to the Denver Post, this could be the worst fire in state history.
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The wildfire, known as “Marshall Fire”, spread over an area of about 6.5 square kilometers. The media reported that at least six people were injured. At first there was no official confirmation. However, the sheriff stressed: “Given the magnitude and severity of the fire in the densely populated area, we would not be surprised if injuries or deaths occur.”
Police officers and firefighters had to withdraw from some areas because they were actually engulfed in flames. “You can not fight this kind of fire face to face. It will not end until the wind subsides,” the sheriff said. Announced, which will facilitate the fight against fire. (dpa)
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