A series of rare December wildfires with winds of more than 105 miles (169 km / h) in northern Colorado on Thursday forced thousands of people to evacuate. This is the latest bizarre weather disaster to reveal the chaotic situation in a bizarre December full of them.
With authority Boulder Office of Emergency Management Informed about 13,000 city residents Superior And in recent hours, 21,000 people have been evacuated in the city of Louisville, near Denver, due to the deadly threat posed by the Middle Fork Fire and Marshall Fire. The office of Colorado Governor Jared Police said the grass fire was caused by strong winds across the front range, where there was dry and light fall and cold, and the governor declared a state of emergency.
“Boulder OEM is getting a lot of calls from residents about the fire.” If you see a fire, evacuate. Go east, go north, but leave immediately, ”said Boulder OEM Wrote on his website Local time at noon.
However, this does not mean that residents should wait for evacuation until they see the fire Boulder National Weather Service As mentioned, those who are in the affected areas are being requested to evacuate immediately.
Boulder OEM added to the next warning that some residents had lost power and could not get their cars out of the garage because they could not move, which seems to be a very stressful situation in such a dangerous situation.
“All garages have a red handle inside that allows you to open your garage manually. Pull the handle to open your garage door,” said Boulder OEM.
A video by a local KMGH-TV reporter near a home depot in Louisville looks like a scene from another world. The smoke covered the area like a thick blanket while the wind was blowing and the trees were shaking. Others Footage As the wind blows through the trees, it shows innumerable structures burning in the ground. Although these scenes have become commonplace in the summer as the climate crisis begins to burn in the west, the intensity and location of these fires, known as wildlife-urban interfaces in December, deeply destabilize in a whole new way.
“Prayers for the thousands of families evacuated from Superior and Boulder County. The wind is blowing fast and all the planes have been grounded, “said government police. Twitter.
The fires joined a parade of dangerous weather events across the United States this December. There are in them Whimsical heat When in the eastern third of the country The northern rockies have turned into deep ice; Unprecedented heat Alaska for any winter month; Monster snowstorm in California; Severe tornado in the south; And a Wind and dust storms Trailed by a derecho.
This is the second strange fire in Colorado in a few months. In mid-November, wildfires spread to nearby hills Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, A place that is usually accustomed to snow rather than flames at this time of year.
The reason for such wild weather is a jet current that takes bizarre twists and turns, allowing cool air to descend from the Arctic and allow warm air to rush from the tropics to strange places. The splitting of the temperature gradient has helped fuel some of the weird weather. Climate change is certainly increasing the likelihood of fires because a little extra heat allows the fire to spread faster.