Colorado wildfires force thousands to evacuate
Two separate fires near Boulder Colorado have burned one house to the ground and have forced thousands of people to evacuate. Lake Valley Estates and Auburn Hills have been evacuated, as well as more rural areas and farms.
The first fire, at 7202 45th St. between Diagonal and North Foothills highways, was sparked just after 1 p.m. when wind gusts downed an electric transformer. About half-an-hour later, crews were called to a fire along Olde Stage Road. That blaze jumped U.S. 36 heading east toward the first fire, prompting authorities to close the highway between Broadway and Hygiene Road.
Osiris and Andrea Stevens said they decided to evacuate when they saw flames and smoke from the Old Stage fire rip down toward their home.
There has been a shelter set up at Niwot High School, but some residents don't want to go as they cannot take their pets.
The blaze that burned one house down has been contained, but there is still a risk the fire can spread further.
These fires are 'wind-whipped' as strong winds brought down power lines, starting a fire and then whipping them up to be even bigger.