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Two Colorado cities evacuated by wind-driven wildfires

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Two Colorado cities evacuated by wind-driven wildfires

Washington, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) Two northern Colorado cities on Thursday were ordered to evacuate due to quickly spreading wildfires fueled by 100-mph winds that burned down hundreds of homes in Denver. According to Boulder County Office of Emergency Management, the immediate evacuation of over 20,000 Louisville residents and nearly 13,000 Superior residents was ordered.
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¨Leave now, there is no time to lose,¨ the National Weather Service (NWS) office warned.

Six people have been immediately hospitalized and, even though there is no information on material damage, it´s being reported that several buildings, homes and vehicles have already been ravaged.

Boulder County Office of Emergency Management has just announced an Evacuation Order for ALL of Superior, Colorado residents. Evacuation point is the South Boulder Recreation Center. The Superior Community Center is not an official evacuation location.

One evacuation point for Louisville residents is the YMCA in Lafayette, Colo. The Flatirons Community Church will also be allowing people to rest at its Lafayette campus, though overnight stays will not be allowed.

The Louisville Police Department told residents to leave “quickly” and to travel east.

The fire, located northwest of Superior, is one of multiple wildfires that started on Thursday. Some of the fires were caused by downed powerlines, The Associated Press reported. A fire has also shut down a portion of U.S. Highway 36 near the area.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) wrote on Twitter, “Prayers for thousands of families evacuating from the fires in Superior and Boulder County. Fast winds are spreading flames quickly and all aircraft are grounded.”

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