Nearly 1,000 houses were destroyed by the wind Wildfires in Colorado, U.S.As the officials said, so far, the devastating fire has caused no casualties, which is a “miracle.”
Governor Jared Polis said at a press conference on Friday: “This is a fast-paced disaster for more than half a day.” “Many families have time to put what they can get, their The pets and children get in the car and leave. It’s hard to imagine.”
Polis said he was on Friday with U.S. President Joe Biden, Who has approved the rapid major disaster statement in the area, so that residents and businesses can more easily obtain support.
“If there were no casualties, we might have our own New Year’s miracle,” Polis said.
On Thursday, wildfires injured at least six people and prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents in and around two towns east of the Rocky Mountains near the state capital Denver.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pell said on Friday: “It’s unbelievable when you see that we don’t have a list of 100 missing persons.”
Pell added that the two communities most affected by the fire, Louisville and Superior, have been placed under boiling water warnings due to concerns about pollution.
The two towns are located in an area between Denver and Boulder, full of upper middle and upper middle classes, as well as shopping centers, parks and schools.
The origin of the wildfire has not been confirmed, but officials said at a press conference on Friday that they suspected it was related to power lines.
Pell, who gave an early loss estimate, said that due to the fierce fire and wind speeds of up to 169 kilometers per hour (105 miles per hour), more people may be injured or even killed.
“This is the kind of fire that we can’t fight head-on,” Pell said. “Actually, we have a deputy sheriff and firefighters in the area that had to be evacuated because they had just been submerged.”
Pell said the fire destroyed 24.3 square kilometers (9.4 square miles). He added that the flames are still burning, but officials do not expect any growth outside the fire zone.
The first rays of light on Friday illuminated the night sky, the towering flames disappeared, leaving only Smoldering houses and burnt trees And fields. The wind stopped, and the little snow soon began to fall. People hope it can kill the hot spots.
“Fortunately, the snowfall will help end the fire and restoration work can begin,” the White House said in a statement. statement Details of the phone call between Biden and Governor Polis on Friday morning. “The President thanked all first responders who came to assist Colorado communities and families affected by the fire.”
Mike Guanella and his family are relaxing at their home in the town of Superior and look forward to celebrating the belated Christmas as reports of a nearby fire soon give way to an order to leave immediately.
Guarnella and his wife, their three children and three dogs did not open the present, but lived with a friend in Denver, hoping that their house would still exist. “Those gifts are still under the tree-we hope,” he said.
The scientist says Climate change is making The weather is more extreme, and wildfires are more frequent and destructive.
Colorado’s Frontline Mountains, where most of the state’s population lives, has a Extremely dry and mild autumn, And so far, most of the winter is dry. Denver set a record of no snow for several consecutive days before a small storm on December 10th. This was the last snowfall before the wildfire broke out.
Ninety percent of Boulder County is in Severe or extreme drought, And there has not been a lot of rain since midsummer.
“Colorado’s cities are full of wildfires and winds of one hundred miles per hour,” independent Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont said on Twitter on Friday. “Anyone who denies that we are in the midst of a large-scale climate crisis is not living in reality.”
Official In Colorado Said they are still assessing the extent of the damage and working hard to provide temporary housing for displaced residents. The governor said that it is not easy to rebuild burned communities, and he thanked rescuers, volunteers and first responders for their work so far.
Just a few days ago, the temperature in Alaska was close to 70 degrees.
Cities in Colorado were flooded by wildfires and winds of one hundred miles per hour.
Anyone who denies that we are in the midst of a large-scale climate crisis is not living in reality.
We need bold climate action, and we need it now.
-Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 31, 2021