Massive wildfires sweeps across Colorado
USA Extreme // Fire
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, reported the blaze in Northern Colorado region, known as the High Park Fire, as one of the biggest and most destructive fires. The High Park Fire holds the record for the second largest fire in Colorado history consuming about 83,205 acres, engulfing 248 homes and is to blame in the death of a 62-year-old grandmother in her mountain cabin. Earlier this week, Colorado Springs and surrounding El Paso County officials authorized the use of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to help fight the Waldo Canyon fire that erupted about 80 miles south of Denver. The Waldo Canyon fire, just west of Colorado Springs, burned more than 3,600 acres and forced 11,000 residents and tourists to evacuate. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning of imminent fire danger across the western states on Monday and Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statewide ban on all fireworks as firefighters work to contain the wildfires.
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