Grand County sheriff confirms two deaths in East Troublesome Fire

Top News 3 of the largest wildfires in Colorado history occurred in 2020  16 hours ago  Dawn Davis

Top News 3 of the largest wildfires in Colorado history occurred in 2020 16 hours ago Dawn Davis

In Colorado, a wildfire raging in Rocky Mountain National Park exploded in size Thursday by more than 100,000 acres, jumping the Continental Divide and leaving residents of mountain towns scrambling to evacuate.

The fire, located near Grimes Peak on the Arapaho National Forest, now spans more than 170,100 acres and is 5% contained, according to an InciWeb map.

Grand Lake is about 60 miles northwest of Denver. It had burned only 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) before exploding late Wednesday.

The fire prompted Grand County officials to order the evacuations of several mountain towns.

"But it is possible", he said during a press briefing Thursday. So, I don't want to say that it can not be. On Thursday, fire officials reported the fire spanned 125,000 acres. We're not trying to delay information getting out there.

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Parts of Northern California remain under red flag warnings. "There's only so many things you can do at that moment and no words are going to make it better", Ledin said.

"At 86 and 84 years of age, their only desire was to be together at home they loved", the family's statement read.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis met with evacuees and fire managers as he toured the area on Friday. Rocky Mountain National Park is also closed.

"It was pretty hectic 'cause we left in about 20 minutes".

"We tried to get ahead of it to get everyone safely out in an orderly fashion", said Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Moore, noting the community is served by three highways.

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"This is the first time I've ever had to do anything like this; it's been a learning experience", said Comer, who is originally from a small city outside of Des Moines, Iowa.

Although the plan is to return to Estes Park, for now Comer is staying at a YMCA camp in Grant until they get permission to return.

The fire, which started on October 14, was 14% contained as of Saturday.

This footage shows billowing smoke seen from Hot Sulphur Springs as the fire spread on Thursday.

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