Wind gusts in the region exceeded 160 kilometers per hour. This contributed to the intensification of the fire. Some of the fires were caused by interruptions in traction.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon to allow state governments access to additional funds and services during the crisis. It was reported that the fire consumed nearly 650 acres. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, according to local authorities. AFP reported that their number exceeded 500.
The city of Superior, which is located just over 30 km from Denver, has a population of about 13,000. The residents were surrounded by a cloud of black smoke. Because of the fire, they were all ordered to evacuate. Louisville’s 20,000 residents were also forced to leave their homes.
“everything is lost”
“If you’re in the area, act fast,” the Boulder Office of Crisis Management wrote on Twitter.
Six people were hospitalized with burns at UCHealth Broomfield Hospital, according to USA TODAY.
“In Old Town Superior, several buildings and vehicles were set ablaze, including the Element Hotel. And in Louisville, at least dozens of homes were set ablaze,” the newspaper said.
Pat Kilbride, who has lived in Superior for 30 years, reported that his house was burned down, along with his dog and cat, who were unable to escape. In his opinion, many other homes in the area were completely destroyed.
“Everything is gone. The whole old part of the city” – he noted.
Wind gusts of up to approximately 180 km per hour. It exacerbated the fire south of Boulder, said Bruno Rodriguez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS). In his opinion, the strong winds, along with a drought lasting more than six months, were “the worst and most horrible combination that allowed the fire to spread rapidly.”
“The area has seen just over 35 cm of rain since August, much less than usual. But it’s raining now,” USA TODAY wrote, adding that “while firefighters continued to battle the raging flames, a blizzard warning was issued as the day rain arrived. Thursday night, about 10 cm.
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