Colorado wildfires destroy 1,000 homes
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.
Residents of Boulder County in Colorado have returned to scenes of devastation after snowfall helped extinguish the last of a raging wildfire. The fire at its peak was driven by winds of up to 105 mph (169km/h) which caused flames to jump over highways and entire communities, local authorities said.
Wildfires in the American west have been burning later into the fall and into the winter, with scientists pointing to climate change as the likely culprit due to rising temperatures and disrupted moisture patterns.