At least two people remain missing after the devastating fires that hit several cities in the state of Colorado, in the central U.S., destroying hundreds of homes, local authorities said Saturday.
“We believe we have two missing persons and we are investigating,” Boulder County Emergency Management Office spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told AFP, clarifying that she has no further information on these individuals.
So far no deaths from the fires have been reported.
Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle. He noted on Friday that it is a “miracle” that there were not many casualties, given the strength of the incident and the rapid spread of the flames.
At least 500 homes, possibly many more, were destroyed by the flames that hit the town of Superior on Thursday, located on the outskirts of the city of Denver, forcing tens of thousands of people to unexpectedly evacuate the area.
The damage is enormous: in the aerial images you can see entire streets reduced to smoking ash.
Apparently the fire was caused by the fall of electric poles on arid soil and the flames were fanned by gusts of wind of up to 160 km / h.
Snowfall on Friday slowed the spread of the fire.
In recent years, the west of the country has seen unprecedented fires, especially in California and Oregon.
But beyond the fires, the United States has recently suffered other extreme events, including the passage of Storm Ida in New York and New Jersey in September and deadly tornadoes in December in Kentucky. At the moment it is unknown if these facts are linked to global warming as some environmental organizations maintain.