Hundreds of Homes Destroyed and Tens of Thousands Flee Colorado Wildfires

A wildfire in Boulder County, Colorado has razed at almost 600 homes and displaced 36,000 people in Louisville, Superior, and Boulder.

“Prayers for thousands of families evacuating from the fires in Superior and Boulder County. Fast winds are spreading flames quickly and all aircraft are grounded,” said Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said that one first responder and six others were injured and that there could be even more as the fire continued to spread because of strong winds.

The first fire started just before 10:30 am local and was followed by another one after 11 am.

The fire has razed 6.5 square kilometers of land including 580 homes, a hotel, and a shopping center.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Superior and Louisville while Broomfield residents were told to evacuate as well.

“Residents who evacuated/have property in evacuation zones, please do NOT return to the area. We know that you are concerned about your home/belongings. First responders are working non-stop to keep everyone safe, even as they don’t know the status of their own homes in the area,” said the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

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