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United States. Fire in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Burnt houses, thousands of people evacuated

United States.  Fire in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.  Burnt houses, thousands of people evacuated

Thousands of people are being forced to flee their homes in a hurry. Wildfires are spreading rapidly in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, including residential areas, due to wind speeds. Dozens of buildings were burned.

The fire burned 8,000 hectares of land in Arizona alone. The fire, known as the Tunnel Fire in the United States, erupted Sunday, 23 kilometers north of the state’s flagpole. On Wednesday, the area covered by fire almost tripled. According to data on Thursday, firefighters were unable to contain the blaze to any extent. About 25 buildings were demolished.

Patrice Horstman of the Coconino County Authority, where Flockstaff is located, said on Wednesday that an estimated 2,068 people were living in the area, which was closed by eviction. He said 766 homes had been evacuated, including more than a thousand animals.

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State officials provide support for those who have lost their homes or have to leave. Arizona Governor Doug Duchy declared a state of emergency in Coconino County on Thursday. “We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of the residents,” he said.

Strong winds quickly move the fire to more areas, hampering the extinguishing operation. According to CNN, the winds will reach 56 kilometers per hour on Thursday.

The fire, which broke out earlier this week, closed part of Highway 89 in both directions north of the flagpole. This section of the street is reported to be open before the weekend, subject to weather and fire activity.

Some houses were burnt down and destroyed[2022 Cable News Network All Rights Reserved]

Fire in the Flagstaff area of ​​the cityReuters / Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Burnt houses in Colorado

Hundreds of people are fleeing wildfires in the states of New Mexico and Colorado.

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Several homes have been destroyed in Colorado in the Monte Vista City area of ​​Rio Grande. As of Wednesday evening, 6 hectares of land there had been destroyed by fire. According to local media, at one point police went door-to-door and called for a quick evacuation. About 100 houses were evacuated. The fire broke out in the northern part of the city, which has a population of 4,000.

New Mexico: Many fires, thousands of acres of fire

Local media in New Mexico reported several fires were active Thursday. National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Andrew Church has warned of strong winds of up to 112 kilometers per hour on Friday.

In Mora County, the burn area increased from 1,400 hectares to more than 8,500 hectares in just a few hours. Until Thursday, the fire could not be contained in any way.

There is also great news. In New Mexico, the McBride fire, which burned more than 2,400 hectares in Ruidoso, is 89 percent under control. One fire that burned over three thousand hectares was controlled at nine per cent.

CNN, CBS News, The Denver Post, kob.com

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