Washington.- A Forest fire destroyed around 580 houses on Thursday and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents of the towns of Superior and Louisville, in the state of Colorado, United States, whose governor, Jared Polis declared a state of emergency, reported local authorities.
The fire started before noon (local time) and in a matter of hours razed buildings and numerous tracts of land due to strong winds in the area.
The National Weather Service in Boulder reported wind gusts of between 80 and 100 miles per hour (about 128 and 160 kilometers per hour, respectively).
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Joe Pelle, sheriff of Boulder County, where Superior and Louisville are, called what happened “horrible.”
“We would not be surprised if there were injuries or fatalities,” said the official at a press conference, after warning about the magnitude and intensity of this fire that occurred in an area “so densely populated.”
The newspaper The Colorado Sun revealed that at least six people were treated for burns.
Pelle indicated, according to the newspaper, that it is presumed that the fire could originate after the fall of power lines on the grass, although he clarified that this investigation can take days.
The officer reported that only in two areas of Superior 580 houses were razed. A shopping center and hotel were also affected.
The houses burned in Louisville, where a hospital also had to be evacuated, and other areas of that county have not yet been quantified.
The evacuation order also included some areas of Broomfield, a county neighboring Boulder.
Photos and videos circulated on social media of people exiting a store and finding a parking lot shrouded in smoke and whipped by the wind.
They also showed people driving through thick smoke and areas where the flames are still active.
According to estimates by authorities, the fire covers about 1,600 acres (about 647 hectares).
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Given the seriousness of the situation, Governor Polis declared an emergency in order to mobilize funds for disaster relief and provide state support through the deployment, among others, of National Guard troops.