US Evacuations ordered as Colorado wildfire rages

09:40  22 october  2020
09:40  22 october  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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(Reuters) - Hundreds of people in southwestern Colorado were ordered to evacuate their homes on Thursday as hot, dry and windy conditions stoked a wildfire that was still 90 percent uncontained, federal and local officials said. Residents living near Hermosa, located about 10 miles north of

Evacuation orders for hundreds of homes were expected to remain in place through midday Thursday as a wildfire rages near Colorado 's Breckenridge Ski Resort.

Colorado residents in Grand Lake were forced to evacuate Wednesday night as wind-fueled flames roared near the town in the central part of the state.

The East Troublesome Fire, which began in the mountains north of Hot Sulphur Springs on Oct. 14, grew by at least around 5,000 acres Wednesday.

Fire officials said that fire activity had "increased significantly" Wednesday night and residents of Grand Lake, which has a population of around 400, were told to leave. Other areas were also under new evacuation orders.

The blaze also closed western areas of Rocky Mountain National Park.

No injuries have been reported.

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Firefighters in Colorado were able to gain ground Monday against the state 's largest wildfire on record, as New wildfires in utah, colorado force evacuations , 0% contained. Officials caution that weather conditions that allowed them to go on the offense may be changing.

For the second straight day, a wildfire has broken out south of Colorado Springs and forced people to evacuate .

The fire was impacting the Grand Lake area and the Highway 34 corridor, fire officials said. Firefighters were working to contain the fire on the west side of highway, the Grand County Office of Emergency Management said.

There are several large wildfires burning in Colorado, including the largest in recorded state history, the Cameron Peak Fire in the mountains west of Fort Collins.

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"The safety of the communities being impacted and our firefighters remains our highest priority," a statement on an interagency web site, InciWeb, said in a statement Wednesday night of the East Troublesome Fire and the new threats there.

The blaze was estimated to be about 30,000 acres Wednesday night, fire incident commander Jay Winfield said in a video briefing.

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Firefighters are battling to contain a raging wildfire just outside Boulder, Colorado which has already forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes. Large and small animals are also being evacuated to sites away from the path of the wildfire .

High winds and smoke grounded heavy helicopter and air tankers that had been flying Wednesday morning, he said. The fire is 10 percent contained, fire officials said earlier.

"As we began today we were hovering right around that 19,000 acreage mark, so significant growth today," Winfield said Wednesday evening.

The Cameron Peak Fire, which is northeast of the East Troublesome Fire, has burned more than 206,000 acres and was 55 percent contained Wednesday.

It has sent smoke billowing over Fort Collins and Colorado’s Eastern Plains, destroyed more than 100 structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes, The Associated Press reported.

Wildfires have erupted in several western states this year, including in California in what officials there have called an unprecedented wildfire season.

On Wednesday, thousands of firefighters in California battled 20 wildfires, 12 of which were major incidents, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Since the beginning of the year, well over 4.1 million acres in California have burned and more than 9,200 homes and other structures have been destroyed, according to the agency.

Thirty-one people across the state have died.

In Oregon, wildfires this year burned an estimated 1.2 million acres and destroyed more than 4,000 homes, and killed nine people, according to the state office of emergency management.

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