After receiving hundreds of calls from concerned relatives, rescue services have located almost all of the people displaced by the flames, but there remains
two missing people, told the AFP Jennifer Churchill, spokesperson for the Boulder Emergency Management Office.
We are investigating about them, she added, without giving further details.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said on Friday that no deaths had yet been reported, which appeared
miraculous given the violence and speed of the fire.
At least 500 houses went up in smoke, and tens of thousands had to flee, chased by flames that destroyed entire neighborhoods
in the blink of an eye, according to Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
” Families had only a few minutes to put everything they could – their animals, their children – in the car and leave. “
The snow stopped the fire
Snowfall stopped the fire from spreading on Friday.
The damage is startling: in aerial images, entire streets are little more than piles of smoking ash. The blaze, unlike previous fires, affected suburbs, not just rural areas.
The fires, unusual for the season, were said to have been caused by power lines falling on arid soil, the flames being fanned by strong winds. Colorado has been hit for several years by an exceptional drought, like much of the American West.
In recent years, this part of the United States has experienced unprecedented fires, especially in California and Oregon.
With climate change, the intensity and frequency of droughts and heatwaves are likely to increase further, continuing to create ideal conditions for forest or bush fires.