U.S. – Colorado wildfire forces thousands of people to flee their homes
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and hundreds of homes have been destroyed as wildfires spread through the U.S. state of Colorado. The fast-moving fires are burning in Boulder County, north of Denver, and officials say deaths and injuries are likely as the blazes spread further.
The activity of the fires, which have already struck an estimated 850 homes, will depend on how the winds behave overnight and could determine when crews are able to go in and begin assessing the damage and searching for any victims.
Around 30,000 people in the towns of Louisville and Superior were told to leave their homes on Thursday. At least 1,600 acres have burned in Boulder County, much of it suburban, with warnings that deaths and injuries were likely as the blaze took hold of hotels and shopping centers in the town of Superior.
While there had been no reports of missing people or fatalities Thursday, the Boulder County sheriff said he would not be surprised if there were injuries or deaths from the fires.