A wildfire in South Fork, Colo., has forced more than 1,500 people to evacuate. The popular summer-getaway destination is threatened by an ongoing forest fire that spread across an area of 114 miles as of Sunday night. With winds and dry forests aggravating the situation, firefighters and aircraft are working to contain the blaze that is ravaging the Rio Grande National Forest.
According to local news station Fox 31 Denver, the fire has already burned over 76,000 acres of forest. What was originally three individual fires believed to be started by lightning has grown into one large forest fire called the West Fork Complex. Firefighters are working to protect South Fork, as well as the Wolf Creek ski area and local residential areas. No structures have been lost due to the blaze.
Here’s a look at some images of and Twitter comments about the blaze.
â€” Mateo (@nuevosoul) June 22, 2013
Hazy morning in South Fork view from the Fire Station. pic.twitter.com/xvtwQWgeS6
â€” Aaron W Eveatt (@LJFDCHIEF) June 24, 2013
â€” Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) June 21, 2013
â€” enet view (@enetview1) June 24, 2013
LJFD continues to build fire line South Fork. pic.twitter.com/YGd1SpaueL
â€” Aaron W Eveatt (@LJFDCHIEF) June 23, 2013
â€” 7NEWS Denver Channel (@DenverChannel) June 22, 2013
West Fork fire grows to 70,000 acres: containment or control? None whatsoever pic.twitter.com/bMKnmfAHNp
â€” Stephanie Luehring (@shauschi) June 24, 2013
What other photos have you seen of the wildfire? Let us know in the comments.
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