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Colorado Snow Pillars After Wildfire Escapes Tens of Thousands

At least six people were injured and nearly 600 homes could be destroyed, but there were no immediate reports of death in the aftermath of the flames outside Denver.

Years of drought in much of the western United States have dried vast areas and left them vulnerable to wildfires. (AP)

The day after a devastating wildfire, supported by strong hurricane winds, a powerful storm system that brought heavy snow blows into Colorado, destroying hundreds of homes and escaping tens of thousands of homes.

According to the National Weather Service, Friday’s storm is expected to snow in some parts of the state and help extinguish fires, but when traveling in some parts of the state, a new “life” It may also present a “threatening” challenge. ..

Boulder’s NWS office tweeted early Friday, adding that “it will be very chilly tonight as we have a New Year,” and “snow will cross most of the area at midnight.”

Officials said at least 33,000 people were forced to find shelter in the towns of Superior and Louisville on Thursday as flames tore through dry areas due to the historic drought. Authorities estimated that nearly 600 homes were lost.

Early Friday, cooler weather and at least temporary weak winds slowed down the most devastating wildfires, and local governments lifted evacuation orders outside Boulder County, according to The Denver Post. Was completed.

“We know that about 370 homes in the Sagamore area have been lost. 210 homes could be lost in Old Town Superior,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pele said at a press conference Thursday. Said.

Colorado media reported that at least six people were hospitalized for injuries, although there were no immediate reports of deaths.

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A flame that fuels a drought

Like much of the western United States, Colorado is on the verge of years of drought, leaving the area dry and vulnerable to wildfires.

It is believed that a fast-moving fire broke out when a power line collapsed due to a strong wind.

Winds of over 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph) were reported in several places, fueling flames and preventing aircraft from taking off.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday, saying the fire broke out in the suburbs, unlike previous flames.

Fires are a natural part of the climate cycle and help remove dead brushes, but their scale and intensity are increasing.

Scientists say that warming climates, primarily caused by human activity such as unchecked combustion of fossil fuels, are changing weather patterns. This prolongs the drought in some areas and causes large out-of-season storms in others.

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Source: AFP

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