At least 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the U.S. state of Colorado due to the Boulder County wildfires that have intensified in recent hours with strong gusts of wind.
Authorities have evacuated more than 20,000 Louisville city residents and approximately 13,000 superior residents from their homes, according to ABC News.
State governor Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency, while the National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of a “life-threatening situation” in the affected areas.
“In Superior and the surrounding area, 580 houses have been lost, a shopping center and a hotel were also caught in flames,” said the police chief of the district Joe Pelle, according to the television channel CNN.
The “historic” winds of the forest fires “injured at least six people,” added Pelle.
The National Weather Service has published on social media that smaller fires have also been reported in at least two other areas.
“I would like to emphasize that given the size of this fire, its intensity and its presence in such a densely populated area, we would not be surprised if there were injuries or deaths,” warned Pelle.