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Fire rapidly spreads in Colorado

Light snowfall at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado on Friday Associated Press/U.S. Forest Service

Fire rapidly spreads in Colorado

Officials downgraded mandatory evacuations to voluntary in Colorado’s Estes Park resort town as weekend snowfall briefly eased the threat of the East Troublesome Fire. The blaze is the second-largest in Colorado’s history, burning more than 190,000 acres by Sunday. The cold weather and poor road conditions also pose some challenges to firefighters, who expect warmer weather to return after Tuesday.

Are other fires raging? Firefighters have the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest on record in the state, about 60 percent contained, but it burns only 10-12 miles away from the East Troublesome blaze. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recorded at least five other live wildfires burning in the state. Authorities have not reported anyone missing or dead.

Dig deeper: Read Sarah Schweinsberg’s report from California on efforts to control fires across that state.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va.



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