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Two people still missing after Colorado fires


Of the three missing persons, one of these people was found alive and wellBoulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle told reporters, adding that searches are still underway to locate the other two.

At least 991 homes were destroyed by the blazes that ravaged entire neighborhoods of Superior and Louisville, two towns bordering Denver, the state’s largest city, on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee in an emergency.

Snowfall halted the spread of the fire on Friday, but also made the search for the missing people difficult. It’s a very difficult search because of the debris, the heat, the snow, said Pelle.

Striking damage

The fire, called Marshall, declared itself in the arid climate of this state of the western United States, fanned by gusts of more than 160 km / h Thursday.

The damage is startling: in aerial images, entire streets are little more than piles of smoking ash. The fire, unlike previous fires, affected suburbs and not just rural areas.

Rex Hickman is standing in the snow covered rubble of his Louisville, Colorado home.

A Louisville, Colorado resident digs through the rubble of his home that burned in the devastating fires that hit that US state on Thursday, and which were halted by snowfall.

Photo: Associated Press / Thomas Peipert

In the fire zone, about 1,000 homes were still without power on Sunday, according to Alice Jackson of Xcel Energy, and more than 11,000 were without gas.

An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the fire, and a search warrant was announced on Saturday.

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 global warming, the intensity and frequency of droughts and heatwaves is likely to increase further, continuing to create ideal conditions for forest or bush fires.

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