About 1,000 homes were damaged by the storm wildfire in the US state of Colorado, as authorities said it was a “miracle” that no casualties were reported so far as a result of the fire.
“It was difficult to walk faster than half a day,” Governor Jared Polis said at a press conference on Friday. “Many families had everything they could get their hands on in their car, along with their pets and children. It is incomparable. ”
Police said he spoke Friday US President Joe Biden, who has accepted the urgent announcement of a major disaster in the region, to allow residents and businesses to get help easily.
“We can have our New Year’s miracle in our hands, if we can say there is no death,” Polis said.
The blaze killed at least half of the population and forced thousands to evacuate two towns east of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, the state capital, on Thursday.
“It ‘s not surprising when you see the damage that we do not have a list of the 100 people who are missing,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Friday.
Two of the worst-affected areas, Louisville and Superior, have been placed under boiling water for fear of contamination, Pelle added.
The two towns – located between Denver and Boulder – have intermediate and middle-class neighborhoods, as well as shopping malls, parks and schools.
The source of the fire has not been confirmed, but officials said at a press conference Friday that they are suspected of being linked to power lines.
Pelle, who issued the initial threat, said there could be further injuries – and even death – due to the force of the fire, which is driven by winds up to 169km per hour (105 kilometers per hour).
“This is the kind of fire we can’t fight,” Pelle said. “We had a deputy for the sheriff and firefighters in the areas where they had to leave because they were just overcrowded.”
The fire burns 24.3 square miles (9.4 square miles), Pelle said. The blaze was still burning but officials were not expecting any growth outside the fire station, he added.
By the first light on Friday, the flames that had lit up the night sky were gone, leaving burning houses and burning logs and fields. The storm subsided, and soon snow began to fall, giving people the impression that they were capable of overcoming tropical climate.
“Fortunately, snowfall will help put out fires, and healing activities can take place,” the White House said. words to explain the summons of Biden and Polis, the state ambassador, Friday morning. “The President would like to thank all the first responders who have assisted Colorado communities and families affected by the fire.”
Mike Guanella and his family were relaxing at their home in the town of Superior and were looking forward to celebrating a late Christmas when reports of a nearby grass fire were released immediately and ordered them to leave immediately.
Instead of opening the gift, Guanella, his wife, their three children and three dogs lived in a friend’s house in Denver, waiting for their home to remain. “The gifts are still under value right now – we hope so,” he said.
Scientists say climate change is making extreme weather and frequent wild and destructive fires.
Colorado’s Front Range, where most people in the state live, had very dry and mild fall, while the winter has been very dry so far. Denver recorded a series of days without snow before a hurricane on December 10, his last snowfall before a wildfire broke out.
Ninety percent of Boulder County is inside severe or severe drought, and it has not seen much rain since mid-summer.
“Colorado cities have been plagued by wildfires and hundreds of hurricanes per hour,” Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent in Vermont, told Twitter on Friday. “Anyone who denies that we are in the middle of a major climate crisis is not real.”
Adults in Colorado will continue to monitor the magnitude of the damage and work to provide temporary housing for refugees. Rebuilding burned villages will not be easy, said the governor, thanking the rescue workers, volunteers and early responders for their work so far.
Alaska was about 70 ° a few days ago.
Colorado cities are littered with wildfires and hundreds of miles of hurricanes per hour.
Anyone who denies that we are in the midst of a major weather crisis is not real.
We need to take bold action this season and we need it now.
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 31, 2021