A recent Boulder County, Colorado wildfire destroyed hundreds of structures and we have the footage.
It shows a frightening scene of a powerful fire following a path to a family’s backyard. The family member posted the footage on Twitter stating they are unsure as to whether or not their home is still there.
Security camera footage captures wildfire burning through a Colorado family’s backyard. The family was not home at the time.— ABC News (@ABC) December 31, 2021
A family member shared the video on Twitter, writing, “I don’t know if my home is still there.” https://t.co/DOrYfTmu6D pic.twitter.com/fyRendQo6C
Colorado governor, Jared Polis has issued a state of emergency. This happened after a fast-spreading fire caused massive destruction. Based on reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Agriculture, the Boulder area is also dealing with a massive drought. Thousands of people and cities in Colorado are being asked to immediately evacuate their homes.
“We’ve been really concerned about the speed of the fire,” Pelle said. “This was consuming football-field lengths of land in seconds.”
According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, Louisville, Colorado is also being asked to evacuate. The city has a population of around 13,000 people. Westminster, Colorado, is also under a mandatory evacuation order.
The National Weather Service of Denver/Boulder posted a tweet describing the events as ‘life-threatening.’
The Wildfire Has Not Taken Any Lives
Although the fire has thankfully not claimed any lives, it has left six people injured, including one first responder. However, UCHealth Broomfield is treating those six.
Starting with the most critical, Centura Health’s Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville has started evacuating patients.
Isaac Sendros, chief executive officer for Avista Adventist Hospital also made a statement. “Avista Adventist Hospital has been a part of this community since 1895 and to see this level of devastation is heartbreaking for all of us. Our hospital is in the center of a neighborhood that burned today. Despite what we saw outside our doors, our team was focused on quickly and safely evacuating our patients and staff.”
The fire might’ve started after several small grass fires sparked. However, broken power lines erupted due to gusty winds. These small fires turned into angry wildfires on Thursday afternoon. The fire has stretched across approximately 1,600 acres of land. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle has made a statement.
We at Outsider hope everyone continues to remain safe. If you’re in the Colorado area, please be careful and continue to monitor emergency orders.