Authorities in Boulder, Colorado are struggling to control a raging wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 150 homes in just three days and forced evacuations of over 3,000 residents.
Already dubbed one of the most destructive fires in Colorado history, firefighters estimate the blaze has scorched about 6,200 acres, or roughly 10 square miles, in just a few days time.
The fire broke out in a parched area near Boulder on Monday, and high winds and dry conditions have helped it to spread quickly.
To make matters worse, the quickly spreading flames aren’t the only danger facing the firefighters as they battle the blaze.
Laura McConnell, a spokeswoman for the local fire management team, said they’re also dealing with downed power lines, debris, poison ivy, rattlesnakes, and propane tanks in the normally densely populated area.
Air tankers have already dumped 35,000 gallons of fire retardant on the blaze while crews continue to build containment lines on the eastern side of the fire.
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