Friday, September 30, 2022

Colorado city vacated by wind-driven wildfires – World News

City empty of forest fire

Canadian Press – , Story: 355796

All 13,000 residents of a northern Colorado town were ordered to evacuate on Thursday because of wildfires driven by strong winds.

According to a notice sent to residents, evacuation was ordered in Superior due to the fire spreading to the northwest of the city. The city is located approximately 32 kilometers northwest of Denver.

A nearby section of US Highway 36 was also closed due to the fire.

According to the National Weather Service, it was one of several fires that began in the area on Thursday, erupting from beneath at least some power lines, as winds gusted up to 169 km/h.

A scene straight out of an apocalypse movie was captured on video in the viewer outside a Costco in Superior. It shows winds whispering through barren trees in a parking lot surrounded by gray skies, misty sunlight and small fires scattered across the ground.

Colorado’s Front Range, where the majority of the state’s population lives, had extremely dry and mild winters, and so far the winter has remained mostly dry.

Such extreme conditions often result from a combination of unusual random, short-term and natural weather patterns that are exacerbated by long-term, human-caused climate change. Scientists have long warned that as the world warms, the weather will worsen. Climate change has made the West hotter and drier over the past 30 years.

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