Wildfires broke out near Boulder, Colorado, on Thursday, December 30, creating “life-threatening” conditions as evacuations were ordered in the area, the National Weather Service said.
Colorado Gov Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday afternoon, as fire spread was exacerbated by strong winds that reached up to 110 mph.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management said residents should “leave immediately” if they see fire in their area.
This footage, filmed by Alli Pinter, shows large smoke plumes billowing across the sky near Boulder. Credit: Alli Pinter via Storyful