Unprecedented Wildfires Ravage Colorado - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Wildfires are among the most destructive disasters on our planet.
In Colorado, recent wildfires have caused thousands of people to evacuate their homes, with thousands more on standby. After several days of high temperatures and no rain, lightning caused a wildfire in Upper Skunk Canyon near Boulder, Colorado, which spread in a matter of minutes to cover an area of about 230 acres, and has not been contained despite firefighters efforts to block its growth.
Waldo Canyon near Colorado Springs and High Park near Fort Collins, Colorado are also engulfed by out of control forest fires, which continue to spread throughout the front range of the Rocky Mountains. "I don't think we've ever seen a wildfire like this in the history of Colorado," said Governor John Hickenlooper. Over 700 people are working tirelessly to contain the fire that continues to threaten residents in Colorado Springs. High winds are creating a dangerous situation for residents who face evacuation, and are making it much more difficult for fire fighters to contain the blaze of the wild fires.