Wildfires in Colorado move uncontrollably and ask to evacuate more than 30,000 people.

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Wildfires in Colorado move uncontrollably and ask to evacuate more than 30,000 people.

The 20,000 residents of Boulder County and the 13,000 residents of Superior received the recommendation of the US authorities. There are more than 500 houses destroyed.

Thousands of people received an evacuation call due to the rapid advance of the wildfires in Colorado, in the United States, this Thursday, when the flames quickly swept the region parched by a historic drought. More than 500 homes were destroyed.

Power towers collapsed by powerful winds ignited small fires that took shape in the arid landscape of Boulder County.

The evacuation call was received by 20,000 residents of Louisville, as well as 13,000 residents of Superior.

The National Meteorological Service confirmed that this is a situation that is endangering lives.

Daniel Swain, a meteorologist at the University of California, tweeted that it was "hard to believe "that these fires were happening in December when these types of flames rarely register.

In many places, winds of up to 160 kilometers per hour are fanning the flames and hampering the efforts of firefighters.

Colorado Gov. Jared polis wrote on Twitter:

"Rapid winds are spreading the flames quickly, and there are no aircraft flying," he added.

Like much of the western United States, Colorado experienced years of drought that have left the area dehydrated and vulnerable to wildfires.

Although fires are a natural part of the climate cycle, helping to clear vegetation, their scale and intensity increase.

Scientists warn that climate change, primarily driven by human activities such as the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels, alters weather patterns.

This prolongs droughts in several areas and causes unusual out-of-season storms in other regions, a phenomenon that is expected to worsen as temperatures around the world continue to rise.

Daniel Swain, a meteorologist at the University of California, tweeted that it was "hard to believe "that these fires were happening in December when these types of flames rarely register.

"But if we take a warm and dry autumn, with only 2.5 cm of snow so far this season, and add an extreme windstorm (over 160 km / h) ... the result is extremely fast fires. and dangerous".