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  • 'Absolutely devastating': Wind-driven Colorado wildfires burn hundreds of homes, shopping center and hotel near Boulder

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...do/9057234002/

    Trevor Hughes Doyle Rice Jeanine Santucci Christal Hayes USA TODAY
    Dec 30,2021

    BOULDER, Colo. — A ferocious wind-driven wildfire on Thursday destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses near Denver, forcing tens of thousands to flee and blanketing the area in smoke.

    The high winds that fanned fires in the area continued into Thursday night as the Boulder suburbs of Superior and Louisville remained under evacuation orders. Firefighters were forced to withdraw in many areas as one large wildfire raged on and another remained under control.

    On Thursday night, hundreds of people watched from a ridge top as orange flames tore through the Rock Creek neighborhood of Superior, and numerous other fires dotted the horizon.

    Firefighting conditions were expected to improve overnight with decreasing winds. The National Weather Service said a high wind warning was extended through 8 p.m. but winds were expected to lessen overnight. Snow that's expected Friday could also help douse the blaze, a National Weather Service meteorologist told USA TODAY....
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