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Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their homes as the wildfire in Colorado spread.
The High Park Fire in Larimer County, Colorado has burned almost 37,000 acres and is still growing with zero percent of the fire being contained while 400 firefighters are on the job battling the flames.
The fire is burning 15 miles west of Fort Collins and a Larimer County Sheriff Office spokeman, Executive Officer Nick Christensen has said, ”it is a very aggressive fire, fuel driven, wind driven, and the winds have not been favorable.”
According to 9 News, a local Colorado news station, the fire is growing at 20 to 40 feet per minute.
Firefighters are receiving help by additional air resources in attempt to get the blaze under control according to Timescall.com, including at least five helicopters with more on order.
New evacuation orders were sent out this morning to the area south of Larimer County Road 38E, fire officials warn that the flames are moving rapidly in the direction of the latest evacuation ordered area.
At least 18 structures have been destroyed and many others are under threat, “That number is going to go significantly higher,” said Christensen. One person is confirmed missing from a home damaged in the fire.