» Seven square miles and growing: Authorities in Jefferson County have already issued nearly 6,500 pre-evacuation notices to homes north of the present evacuation area. While the precise cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley acknowledged that the county had run a controlled burn in the same area last week, which may have flared back to life. Despite an extremely snowy February, March has been unseasonably dry in Colorado, leading to increased risk of fire – a dozen smaller fires have also been reported from north-eastern Colorado, down to the south.
Fifty seconds. One fire. One field. This is pretty freaking scary.
Arizona’s struggling with the third-largest wildfire in its history, which has already consumed over 230,000 acres of land. Low humidity and high winds aren’t making it easy for fire crews fighting the blaze, either (wind has carried burning embers up to three miles). The fires have forced people from their homes, the smoke has closed airports, and the Apache National Forest has shuttered in the wake of the blaze. On the bright side, the wildfires have only destroyed four summer rental cabins. Best wishes to those in Arizona affected by the fire, and hope for the safety of the firefighters out there. source