Tragic images of the Colorado wildfires

A tragic end to 2021
More than 34,000 evacuees
Historic hurricane force winds
Lives in danger
Life threatening situation
600 houses (at the moment)
Several wounded
The wind, the cause of the disaster
Historical storm
A unique set of conditions caused the fire
Two main fires
Desolate families
How severe will the damage be?
A tragic end to 2021

More than 30,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes in the state of Colorado in the United States. The reason, the wildfires that ravage Boulder County.

More than 34,000 evacuees

As reported by ABC News, more than 21,000 Louisville residents and another 13,000 Superior residents have had to leave their homes due to the danger of the flames.

Historic hurricane force winds

The decision to evacuate was made due to the gusts of wind that have reached 185 km / h and have greatly complicated an already incredibly complicated situation.

Lives in danger

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency and warned that the current situation is hazardous. “I’d like to emphasize that due to the magnitude of this fire, the intensity of this fire and its presence in such a heavily populated area, we would not be surprised if there are injuries or fatalities," Pelle said.

"If you see a fire, evacuate"

For its part, the Boulder County Emergency Office they have issued a similar notice: "If you see a fire, evacuate." Louisville and Superior are separated by just over 6 kilometers, and the flames have traveled in the blink of an eye.

Life threatening situation

Even the National Weather Service warns that the current situation in the area is life-threatening. For this reason, they warn residents to prepare "to evacuate immediately."

600 houses (at the moment)

Nearly 600 houses in Superior and the surrounding area, a shopping center, and a hotel have been engulfed by flames, according to Joe Pelle, county police chief, who spoke to CNN.

"...the kind of fire we can't fight head-on."

Joe Pelle also told the media, "This is the kind of fire we can't fight head-on. We actually had deputy sheriffs and firefighters in areas that had to pull out because they just got overrun."

Several wounded

At the moment, there are six people who have been treated with different injuries derived from the fires, as confirmed by Kelli Christensen, spokesperson for UCHealth Broomfield Hospital, to CNN.

The wind, the cause of the disaster

The authorities believe that the fires could have been caused by the fall of several electric poles due to the strong winds.

Historical storm

The Boulder Weather Service has called the storm "truly historic."

A unique set of conditions caused the fire

The reason for this phenomenon is that there have been "very specific atmospheric conditions," estimates the Boulder Weather Service, as the mountains in the area have acted as wind amplifiers, generating gusts with hurricane force.

Boulder County has suffered a dangerous drought since mid-summer, related to climate change, and 90% of the county has not seen any significant rainfall since July.

 

Two main fires

Currently, the two largest fires are located north of Boulder, the Middle Fork Fire, and south of the city, the Marshall Fire.

Desolate families

Obviously, the situation has left images of impact, families who have fled with their clothes, and fear for the future of their properties.

How severe will the damage be?

While authorities attempt to get the fires under control, the personal and material damages that these historic fires will leave in Colorado have yet to be quantified.

 

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