Colorado’s CalWood and Cameron Peak Fires Force Thousands to Flee Homes

Smoke is seen as a fire burns at night at Estes Park in Colorado, U.S., in this still frame taken from social media video dated October 14, 2020. ALAN SHADDUCK “WWW.IMAGESOFESTESPARK.COM” /via REUTERS

A Colorado wildfire had raced through more than 8,700 parched, wind-blown acres in less than 24 hours on Sunday, forcing evacuation of almost 3,000 people in Boulder County as wildfires continued to batter the state and the West.

The CalWood fire began burning Saturday in Boulder County, about 50 miles southeast of the Cameron Peak Fire. That fire, the largest in state history, has burned more than 300 square miles since mid-August.

“It just exploded,” Mike Wagner, division chief with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said of the CalWood fire. “We do believe multiple homes were probably lost. It’s still too dynamic to get in and begin to assess.”

Courtney Walsh posted three pictures of her burned-out, Boulder area home on social media.

“It’s all gone,” she tweeted. “I’m gutted.”

Jessica Newmans posted an offer to house animals in her barn or contained pasture after her property was removed from the evacuation zone. An hour earlier she had been on the move.

“One of the first things we grabbed before mandatory evacuations hit? Our ballots,” she tweeted. “Then our children & dog, guitar, and a few nice bottles of wine, of course.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon