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Thousands are fleeing wildfires in Colorado, USA

A forest fire rages in Colorado. 30,000 people are said to have left their homes in the US state.

Denver – In the US state of Colorado, forest fires have necessitated the evacuation of thousands of people. In the towns of Louisville and Superior, around 30,000 residents were asked to get to safety, said the sheriff's office of the Boulder district on Thursday (local time).

Small fires would have spread quickly due to extremely strong winds, said Sheriff Joe Pelle, according to media reports. It is feared that several hundred houses and other buildings have been destroyed. At least six people are said to have been injured.

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