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Thousands have been evacuated as wildfires burn hundreds of homes in the western United States

More than 30,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate in wind fires in two towns just east of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado, officials said.

These extreme conditions are often due to a combination of anomalous random, short-term, and natural weather patterns heightened by anthropogenic long-term climatic crises. (Reuters)

Thousands of residents in two communities in Colorado, USA, have been ordered to evacuate due to a wind-induced wildfire that has involved parts of the area and burned down hundreds of homes, hotels and shopping centers. I did.

A wildfire near a major city in Denver threatened to destroy more than 500 homes, local officials said Thursday.

“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 in a press conference. rice field.

Pele said only one injury was reported, but did not rule out later learning about more serious injuries or deaths.

The wildfire swallowed part of the area with a smoky, orange sky.

The city of Louisville, with a population of about 21,000, was ordered to evacuate after being told to evacuate a superior inhabitant with 13,000 inhabitants. The neighboring town is about 32 kilometers northwest of Denver.

The area near US Highway 36 was also closed due to a fire.

According to the National Meteorological Agency, the northwestern flames of Superior were one of several flames that began in the region on Thursday, at least partly because the wind reached 169 km / h and sent flames through barren trees. Was caused by a power line outage.

Colorado’s front range, home to most of the state’s population, has a very dry and mild fall, and so far winters have remained largely dry.

However, it was expected that it would snow on Friday in this area.

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Wind activity to determine search missions

The first fire broke out just before 10:30 am in the local area [1530 GMT] According to Pele, the structure has not been lost because it was “attacked fairly quickly, deployed later in the day, and is currently being monitored.”

The second wildfire, reported shortly after 11:00 am, “surged and spread rapidly to the east,” Pele said. The flames stretched 6.5 square kilometers, swallowing parts of the area into a smoky orange sky and scrambling to take the inhabitants to a safe place.

Tonight’s wind activity will determine when the crew can come in to assess the damage and start looking for victims.

“This is the kind of fire we can’t fight head-on,” Pele said.

“In fact, there were deputy sheriffs and firefighters in areas where they had to withdraw because of an overrun,” he added.

Separately, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the devastating wildfire has consumed approximately 1,600 acres so far.

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Climate crisis

These extreme conditions are often due to a combination of anomalous random, short-term, and natural weather patterns heightened by anthropogenic long-term climatic crises.

Scientists have long warned that the weather will be rough as the world warms. Due to the climate crisis, the west has been much warmer and drier in the last 30 years.

A straightforward scene from an apocalyptic movie was captured in a video of a bystander outside Costco in Superior. You can see the wind blowing through the barren trees in the parking lot surrounded by the gray sky, the hazy sun, and the small fires scattered on the ground.

Leah Angstman and her husband returned to their home in Louisville from Denver International Airport after being absent for a vacation. As they sat on the bus to Boulder, Angstmann soon remembered leaving the clear blue sky and entering a cloud of brown and yellow smoke.

“I thought the bus would tilt because the wind shook the bus so hard,” she wrote in a message to the Associated Press.

The visibility was so poor that the bus had to stop and waited 30 minutes for the local transportation van to guide us to turn the freeway. There she said she saw four separate fires burning in the bushes across the freeway.

“The sky was dark and dark brown, and the soil swirled around the sidewalk like a snake,” she said.

Source: AP



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