Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate part of Colorado as wildfires returned to a blaze-ravaged region last year.
Officials urged 19,400 people near Boulder to evacuate their homes on Saturday as fast-moving wildfire scorched the hills south of town.
The blaze is not far from where a devastating fire broke out in December 2021 that leveled more than 1,000 homes.
The wildfire was fueled by wind earlier in the day and had grown to 122 acres (49 hectares) without containment, said Marya Washburn, spokeswoman for the Boulder Fire Department.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said an emergency shelter had opened after evacuation orders affected 8,000 homes and 7,000 buildings. No structures have been damaged yet, he added earlier.
Alicia Miller’s house was set on fire last year – and she can see smoke rising again from Saturday’s fire.
She posted a photo on Twitter and referred to the climate crisis that has made the western United States warmer and drier over the past 30 years.
Scientists expect it will make weather more extreme and wildfires more destructive.
“I feel exhausted from all of this and just feel enough about these fires and disasters,” said Ms. Miller.
She added that the heaviest casualties from the fire were things they didn’t pay much attention to, like baby shoes, family photos and letters from their grandmother.
Ms Miller said her neighbors helped her escape last year along with her husband Craig, their three adult sons and two dogs, Ginger and Chloe.
She highlighted a recent wildfire in Texas that killed a congressman and destroyed homes.
“So I’m standing there and it’s just kind of a replay,” she said.
Winds and temperatures have eased in the area, said fire department spokeswoman Ms Washburn.
However, experts believe the fire will last several days due to the amount of fuel available to the blaze, explained Brian Oliver, chief of the Boulder Fire Department.
Planes have been seen throwing manure onto the fire.
The fire comes in an area that destroyed 1,000 homes in unincorporated Boulder County and the suburbs of Superior and Louisville last year.
City officials assured residents in an email that there were no immediate concerns for the community.
The fire on Saturday started around 2 p.m. and burned down protected wildland near the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Police said.
Authorities have dubbed it the NCAR fire and its cause is not yet known, Ms Washburn added.
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