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Missing Colorado wildfire victim found alive, 2 still unaccounted for

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On Sunday, officials said two people were still missing in snow-covered, burning desert lands after winter forest fires destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in Colorado.

A man who had previously been reported missing was found alive.

“Yesterday we were three, but we counted one of those gentlemen, so we are now two missing people and today we are trying to find those people and possibly rescue them,” said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. press conference. Snow and debris hampered search and rescue operations.

Forest fires started Thursday in and around the Louisville and Superior communities at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and covered an area of ​​at least 9.4 square miles. Experts say the region’s extremely dry autumns and winters and strong winds are helping the fire spread quickly at room temperature, and there is already six inches of snow on the ground.

At least seven people were injured, officials said. On Saturday, the fire was no longer declared a direct threat.

One person is missing after a fire in Colorado, but two other victims are still unknown.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated. Utility workers found no power lines cut at the scene of the fire.

Sheriff Pelle said Saturday that his department received several tips and conducted a search somewhere. He did not provide further details.

Taking all people into account at first, three people went missing on Saturday.

“It’s a really fast-paced crisis that has led to the destruction of nearly 1,000 homes and more damage,” Colorado Gov. Jared Police said Sunday.

“For many, I know it’s a surreal experience,” he said. “A few days ago you were celebrating Christmas at home and hanging your socks, now the house and the oven are destroyed. And it was a surprise, and I know that the truth came even to those who had lost everything and still could not return home.

On December 30, 2021, a house in Superior, Colorado burned down.  Forest fires have destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in Colorado.
On December 30, 2021, a house in Superior, Colorado burned down. Forest fires have destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in Colorado.

Gov. Police patrolled the affected area Sunday with federal officials to assess the damage.

He described the “strange and annoying confrontation” between seeing the shells of burning cars and foundations, where once-snow-covered houses were still burning.

Dean Kriswell, a FEMA administrator who lives in Colorado and is a former firefighter from nearby Aurora, said it was a difficult experience to see the destruction with his own eyes.

“We just went around the area, and the pictures I saw on TV today don’t come close to what you saw when you saw it in person, and the amount of destruction.”

FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell at a press conference in Boulder, Colorado on January 2, 2022 after reviewing the effects of forest fires.
FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell at a press conference in Boulder, Colorado on January 2, 2022 after reviewing the effects of forest fires.

Most of the 991 buildings destroyed by the fire were houses. At least eight businesses in a shopping center in Louisville and dozens more in Superior were affected.

The two cities are located 20 miles northwest of Acesparks and have a total population of 34,000.

The governor said he would work with local, state and federal officials to find temporary housing for the fire victims, highlighting the hard and expensive housing market in the area.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis o
Colorado Gov. Jared Police described the forest fire as a “rapid-onset crisis.”

“The inventory of such rental housing in the Boulder market is not clear, so some people may move to other parts of Aurora or Acesparks …” he said, adding that it is a “temporary residence” for families here. added that riding is possible. RV.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said.

He said utility workers ’homes are still working to restart electricity and natural gas services for those standing.

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