In response to rapidly approaching wildfires, Colorado has declared a state of emergency
As a result of the fast-moving wildfires caused by strong winds in Boulder County, the US state of Colorado declared an emergency on Thursday (local time), local media reported, as hundreds of residents were told to evacuate.
Governor Jared Polis issued a statement saying, “Today, Governor Polis proclaimed a state of emergency due to wildfires triggered by strong winds across the Front Range.
The Hill claimed that hundreds of homes in the Denver region were destroyed by rapidly growing flames fanned by heavy winds and ordered to be evacuated from two Colorado communities.
Louisville and Superior were both ordered to evacuate by the local emergency management agency.
“Prayers for thousands of families evacuating from the fires in Superior and Boulder County. Fast winds are spreading flames quickly and all aircraft are grounded,” Tweeted Polis.
As a result of the state of emergency being declared, Boulder may now access disaster relief funding and state services, such as the Colorado National Guard, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and the State Emergency Operations Center, to help with emergency response activities.
Multiple wildland fires have prompted authorities to start emergency operations.