The Colorado wildfires made residents scrambling for shelter and forced two cities to evacuate according to NPR media outlet.
Wildfires in Colorado forced people in the cities of Louisville and Denver to flee the flames, according to videos posted on social media.
Louisville, with a population of 21,000 people, was evacuated. Thirteen thousand people in the town of Superior were also asked to depart earlier.
“If you are in Louisville, this is a life threatening situation,” the National Weather Service said on Thursday, Dec. 30 . “LEAVE NOW! #MarshallFire.”
The blazes also caused the closure of a part of U.S. Route 36 nearby. Some fires started in the area on Thursday, Dec. 30. The fire northwest of Superior was one of them.
According to the National Weather Service, downed power lines and gusts of up to 105 miles per hour (169 km/h) caused at least part of the fires.
In three communities outside of Denver, more than 30,000 residents were forced to flee their homes on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 30, after wildfires sparked by strong winds and downed power lines quickly spread over the area.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle reported that over 600 residences, a Target shopping center, and a motel were damaged in the area during a news conference Thursday night, Dec. 30.
There have been no reports of deaths or individuals missing so far.
According to Pelle, as of Thursday night, Dec. 30, only one injury case had been reported. A first responder was the one who got shards in his eye.
Six injured individuals in the fire were treated at UCHealth Broomfield Hospital, said hospital spokesperson Kelli Christensen. There is presently no information available about their status.
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado has proclaimed a state of emergency, as reported by Fox News. People should avoid visiting the Boulder, Colorado area at this time, according to police in Broomfield, Colorado. They warned that many roads are closed.
This is a serious fire situation. These people were being ushered out of Costco near Boulder https://t.co/rBKh9lMWYN— Ashley Michels (@ReporterAshley) December 30, 2021