Massive wildfires force evacuations out West
Hundreds leave homes as blaze spreads
- Duration 4:01
- Date Jun 11, 2012
Hundreds leave homes as blaze spreads
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And show by smoke and chased by flames people facing massive -- -- -- from their homes.
In the American west today in New Mexico.
The little bear fire doubling in size over the weekend it charred forty square miles hundreds already forced to leave their homes.
But the bigger threat right now is in -- -- out.
Acres already burning there close to 2000 people have been ordered to leave their homes let's -- this.
I saw my friend I feel like.
There's no solid ground and anything right now.
It was the scariest thing I think I've ever.
-- mere 300 foot wall of flame came down to the road and I had to drive tested and I just kept they can't just keep drive and just keep -- the fire was coming down the mountain behind my house.
-- -- I could feel if I had not left the minute I.
It's very likely that I would not have been here it's possible that my house could have you know been engulfed in flame me in it.
Right home this terrifying and Adam Housley is live in Denver what's happening out of.
Omar the right now it doesn't -- aerials from the heart Hyde Park fires it's called -- the fire of course you've been speaking about the really exploded in size over the weekend began Saturday morning a lot of people believe.
By lightning strike is the other made at the official announcement of white started but that's what they believe -- lightning may have started this fire earth early Saturday morning.
Really did explode in size overnight Saturday into Sunday.
We have some live aerials here up from our affiliate is burning just west of four columns so not far from Denver the smoke can be seen.
As far away as Kansas Nebraska and Texas just from this -- alone.
I this also quick to -- is the same exact time ten years ago that the largest fire in state history started that was the -- -- -- very similar type.
A fire activity right now it's dry here out here in the west very dry.
The fifth major fire already -- Colorado this year.
In this drought stricken area -- people here say it's going to be a very long summer.
As they -- -- to battle this blaze again burning I just west of Fort Collins we do know several hundred people have been evacuated.
There were some good news overnight the winds died down significantly.
The winds out work a 2530 miles an hour -- point gusting last night they were down to nine miles an hour they are expected to be around eight to nine miles an hour today as well.
Temperature is also a bit cooler 78 or so expected to be the highs those are all positives however.
Burning very fast right now still even with those improved conditions -- You know even with that is to say -- so what about what's going on next door in New Mexico.
Yeah the little bear fire burning -- dose of very similar to what's happening here it is -- the very fast in very difficult to reign as well.
That fire threatening a several different housing areas we've been told thirty structures of -- there and also several hundred people had been evacuated.
As similar as it is here you have very difficult terrain you have low humidity you have high temperatures and -- very drought area.
Because the west right now extremely dry we've seen fires of course already Arizona major fires this year as -- Colorado and New Mexico it's not far from that.
Blaze that's been burning in New Mexico since mid may -- now the states.
-- largest fire in history so right now the west.
It's a Tinder box to put -- lightly.
And people here already saying it's extremely busy extremely difficult and -- only in June Martha so they're worried about what more what might be facing ahead of us what more note -- to get it back -- -- one positive thing to be becoming.
Is there are some forecasts for some wet thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow both here in the Denver area as well as New Mexico.
If that does bring some participate -- precipitation of course.
A firefighters would be extremely welcome would welcome that -- -- any rain of course would be good news -- help battle these blazes.
And at times and hope for rain this is one of Adam thank you so much to check -- calculator.