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Colorado shoppers evacuate from wildfire through thick smoke and strong winds

Shoppers in Superior, Colorado on Thursday (December 30) were forced to evacuate from encroaching wildfires through a store parking lot filled with thick smoke and billowing winds, eyewitness footage showed.

At least six people were injured in Colorado on Thursday as wind-driven wildfires prompted evacuation orders for more than 30,000 residents in Superior and Louisville just east of the Rockies near Denver, authorities said.

The swiftly spreading prairie grass fires were ignited by sparks from power lines and transformers toppled by high winds on Colorado’s drought-parched Front Range, according to sheriff’s officials in Boulder County.

Wind gusts of up to 110 miles (177 km) per hour were reported in Boulder, according to the National Weather Service, which said fast-moving fires were creating a “life-threatening situation” in the Superior and Louisville areas.

Footage on social media showed winds carrying plumes of wildfire smoke across an intersection in Boulder against an orange glow.

(Production: Mariana Sandoval, Kristian Brunse)

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