Urgent evacuations as wildfires rage in Colorado

The fierce winds have fueled flames across hundreds of thousands of acres as a new fire marks the second largest in the state’s history prompting thousands of mountain town evacuations.
2:24 | 10/23/20

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We turn to the wildfires raging in Colorado this morning. Burning more than 400,000 acres. Clayton Sandell joining us from the fire zone with more on these mandatory evacuations. Good morning, Clayton. Reporter: Good morning. That's right. Thousands of people are evacuated in the middle of an epic fire season, the three biggest fires in Colorado history all happened this year and two of them are raging right now. Overnight raging infernos making parts of Colorado look like another planet. Wildfires igniting hundreds of thousands of acres at an alarming rate. The east troublesome fire is now the second largest in Colorado history burning 100,000 acres in a single day. Second in size only to the massive Cameron peak fire just 12 short miles away. That's really unheard of for a fire in this part of the world in timber. Reporter: Thousands have evacuated mountain towns west of Denver. High winds and dry conditions creating a perfect storm. You can see behind me here the fire is in the trees. The firefighters call this crowning and when that happens in these conditions, the fire is virtually unstoppable. Reporter: The fires now burning into rocky mountain national park. It is now closed. People are evacuaing as emergency vehicles race the other way. Firefighters are on the defense, resources stretched thin by a record-setting fire season. As of right now we know there are structures lost. To the extent, I have no idea. Reporter: The good news is over the weekend we're expecting much colder temperatures here and up to a foot of snow in the fire zone. Fireghters hope that will stop the flames in their tracks. Hopefully that helps. Let's head to ginger with more on the fire danger in California and Colorado. Good morning, ginger. Hey, good morning, Cecilia. Why has it been this bad? You had beetle kill so a lot of We have been dealing with it

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