Residents in Colorado returned to the scenes of a devastating fire.

By http://www.twitter.com/FaithNamagembe updated at 10:00 EAT on 01 December 2021.

Residents of Boulder County in Colorado have returned to scenes of devastation after snowfall helped extinguish the last of a raging wildfire.

The fire swept through 6,000 acres in just a few hours, destroying hundreds of homes.

A statue of the Virgin Mary among remains of houses
Image caption,Officials say they do not expect the fire to pose any further danger

One local resident said some families in the area that “lost everything” and it was a “Christmas miracle” that nobody was killed.

Tens of thousands of people fled as the flames engulfed the place.

The fire at its peak was driven by winds of up to 105 mph (169km/h) which caused flames to jump over highways and entire communities, local authorities told Reuters news agency.

Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires, and experts say that fires in western North America have grown more intense in recent years.

Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires, and experts say that fires in western North America have grown more intense in recent years.

Now snow has started to fall, officials say they do not expect the fire to pose any more danger.

People have started returning home to assess the damage, many facing scenes of complete destruction.

In Louisville, Jeff Conroy told local media that he had watched his family’s house burn to the ground.

“The fire department left before I did,” he told USA Today. “They knew it couldn’t be saved, but I had to watch. And I stayed until our house walls were fully gone.” 

Another Louisville resident, Linda Jackson, told the Denver Channel that her home of 20 years had been completely destroyed by the fire.

“I could see flames in my backyard and I knew I had to get out,” she said. “I went downstairs, no electricity in my garage and my garage wouldn’t open. I thought about just walking out and walking down the street, but I called 911 and the fire department came and got me out.”

She said she knew her home “was just going to be ash”.

Six people have been treated for injuries but no fatalities have been reported – something local officials described as a “miracle”.

A map of the locations of the wildfires

President Joe Biden has approved a disaster relief bill that will help those affected.

These latest fires in Colorado are burning in more suburban parts of the state and are coming relatively late in the season.

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