Smoked out: All 400 inhabitants of Grand Lake are forced to flee as East Troublesome Fire wipes out their picturesque Colorado town
- Residents of Grand Lake, Colorado were forced to evacuate Wednesday night
- The East Troublesome Fire grew by over 5,000 acres on Wednesday alone
- The wildfire is now estimated to be at least 30,000 acres in size
- East Troublesome is now one of many wildfires burning in Colorado, including the Cameron Peak Fire
One of the many destructive wildfires raging in Colorado has forced the evacuation of Grand Lake, a small town in the state.
Evacuation orders for the 400-person town came down on Wednesday night as the East Troublesome Fire grew at an alarming rate.
According to NBC News, the fire grew by over 5,000 acres on Wednesday alone, reaching an estimated size of at least 30,000 acres.
Colorado Public Radio reports the fire quadrupled in size by early Thursday morning, reaching across 125,678 acres. That makes it the fourth-largest wildfire in Colorado history.
The East Troublesome Fire grew by over 5,000 acres on Wednesday, prompting local evacuations
The fire grew over 5,000 acres over the course of the day to an estimated 30,000 acres
By Thursday morning, it was estimated the fire had reached over 120,000 acres in size
The fire also impacted the west side of Highway 34 and nearby areas, forcing a partial closure of Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Denver Channel reports an evacuation center has sprung up at the Inn at Silver Creek, located in nearby Granby.
The East Troublesome Fire began on October 14, just north of Hot Sulphur Springs. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.
Only 10 percent contained as of Wednesday, the heavy smoke and winds forced the grounding of planes and air tankers that were battling the blaze.
‘We got the mandatory evacuation notice and we just basically stopped in the middle of dinner, grabbed all the things we had prioritized and started heading out,’ resident Ryan Lokteff told Colorado Public Radio.
There are currently a number of fires burning in Colorado, including the Cameron Peak Fire
If estimates are correct, the East Troublesome Fire is now the fourth-largest in state history
The East Troublesome Fire began on October 14, though its cause is still unknown
The rapid proliferation of the East Troublesome Fire over the past 24 hours is troubling, but it’s far from the only blaze firefighters are combating in Colorado right now.
The Cameron Peak Fire, northeast of the East Troublesome Fire, is the largest in Colorado’s history, now having burned at least 206,000 acres; it was 55 percent contained as of Wednesday.
The CalWood Fire and Lefthand Canyon Fire are also burning in the northeast part of the state, while the Ice Fire rages in San Juan National Forest.
Meanwhile, wildfires in California have killed 31 people as the western United States continues to be ravaged by destructive and historic blazes.