WASHINGTON – The wildfire that is ravaging the northern state of Colorado for two weeks has destroyed 248 homes and burned far more than 33,670 hectares, as reported in The Denver Post.
According to authorities, the fire is what has destroyed more homes in the state’s history, as climatic characteristics make it prone to fires.
The fire, which began on June 9, has required far more work than 1,900 firefighters and an expense in the work of extinction of nearly $30 million.
A total of eight fires are active, which is the worst fire season in the last decade.
A fire near Colorado Springs broke on Saturday and grow out of control, swept over 300 acres early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 inhabitants and an unknown number of tourists.
The authorities reported that they already have been allowed to return home to about 5,000 people.
Also Saturday, a fire destroyed 22 homes and two buildings in the vicinity of Estes Park, where many visitors stay to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park.
In late May, a fire in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico consumed at least 77,000 hectares, which made it the largest in state history.
According to experts, the combination of drought and low humidity, climate change and changes in land use is likely to entail a series of similar fires in the western U.S. states this season.