COLORADO WILDFIRE: 1,000 HOUSES HIT, FIRE SPREAD ‘IN BLINK OF EYE’ SAYS GOVERNOR

The infernos near Boulder, Colorado, destroyed as many as 1,000 homes, overwhelming firefighters as hurricane-force gusts propelled flames through suburban neighborhoods left tinder dry by months of drought.

The blazes dashed erratically from house to house, scorching about 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares) and devouring structures “in just a blink of an eye,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis said at a Friday news conference after taking an aerial tour of the disaster. Authorities suspect the grass fires were touched off by power lines that toppled in the 100-mile (161-kilometer) per-hour winds. No deaths have been reported.

“It’s unbelievable we don’t have a list of 100 missing persons — but we don’t,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said during the briefing. He estimated 500 to 1,000 homes were damaged.

The wildfires are the most recent bout of extreme weather as climate change and a La Nina weather pattern leaves much of the US West hotter and drier. Most of the region, including all of Colorado, are gripped by drought. More than 2.5 million acres have burned this year in California alone. The area around Boulder, a college town northwest of Denver, hasn’t had significant rain or snow for months.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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