The day after a devastating wildfire caused by a hurricane strong wind destroyed hundreds of homes and fled tens of thousands of homes yesterday, a powerful storm system that brought heavy snow was blowing into Colorado.
In some parts of the state, snowstorms that should help extinguish fires can create new “life-threatening” challenges when traveling in some parts of the state, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. Therefore, up to 1 foot of snow is expected. NWS).
Boulder’s NWS office tweeted yesterday that “it will be very chilly when we reach the New Year tonight,” adding that “snow will fall on most of the region 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.
“It’s a complete devastation … we witnessed a house exploding in front of us,” Senior Mayor Clint Folsom told CNN yesterday.
However, cooler weather and at least temporary weak winds delayed the most devastating wildfires and allowed local governments to lift evacuation orders outside Boulder County, the Denver Post reports. Did.
Smoke was still rising from some parts of the superior early yesterday, after gusts set fires in several separate places, sometimes leaving a darkened house next to an intact house decorated with Christmas lights. ..
Most of Boulder County, northwest of Denver, is in the suburbs, burning at least 1,600 acres (650 hectares).
Flame claimed a complex of hotels, shopping centers and apartments in Superior, where forced evacuation orders remained.
“We know that about 370 homes in the Sagamore district have been lost … Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pele said at a press conference Thursday.
Colorado media reported that at least six people were injured and hospitalized, although there were no immediate reports of deaths.
Patty Holtz on Thursday explained the fear of evacuating from his home in Boulder County.
“There are embers everywhere, so of course I’m very afraid that the wind will continue to spread to other homes,” she said. “I can’t see anything. It’s like a black man at night.”
It is believed that a fast-moving fire broke out when a power line collapsed due to a strong wind.
Winds in excess of 100mph (160kph) were reported in several locations, fueling flames and preventing the aircraft from taking off.
Infrastructure in the area was under tension, power outages occurred in some areas, and some residents were instructed to use bottled water as public water was diverted to fire.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday, saying the fire broke out in the suburbs, unlike previous flames.
“It’s like a neighborhood where all of us live,” he said.
Like much of the western United States, Colorado is on the verge of years of drought, leaving the area dry and vulnerable to wildfires.
“One of the many factors leading to today’s catastrophic wildfires is the recent record dryness,” Boulder’s NWS office tweeted.
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 activities such as unchecked combustion of fossil fuels, are changing meteorological patterns.
This prolongs the drought in some areas and causes large out-of-season storms in others.
Daniel Swain, a meteorologist at the University of California, tweeted that these fires were “unbelievable” in December. This is usually a quiet period of fire.
“But add a record warm and dry fall, just an inch of snow so far this season, and an extreme (100mph +) downhill storm … and very fast-moving. / Dangerous fires result, “he tweeted.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707222/Heavy-snows-hits-Colorado-after-fires-destroy-hund Heavy snow struck Colorado after a fire destroyed hundreds of homes