Biden visits Colorado community ravaged by wildfires | Climate News

At the end of last month, a rare winter fire destroyed thousands of acres of land in the Denver area, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee.

US President Joe Biden is expected to arrive in Colorado on Friday to assess recent losses. Winter wildfire Destroyed more than 1,000 houses and forced Thousands People flee.

Two people disappeared after being driven by the wind, fearing death Marshall FireFrom December 30 to 31, the most devastating fire in the state’s history burned more than 1,000 homes. The human remains believed to belong to one of the missing persons were found on Wednesday.

Officials said the grassland fire in Boulder County, a northern suburb of Denver, burned more than 6,000 acres (24 square kilometers) of land in about two hours.

Flames can sometimes engulf a dry landscape the size of a football field in a few seconds.

The entire neighborhoods of Superior and Louisville were destroyed.

in a statement On Thursday, Boulder County officials stated that the fire caused more than $513 million in damage, 1,084 residential buildings were destroyed, and another 149 were damaged in the area.

Biden visits Boulder County, where he will visit the Louisville community and meet families displaced by the fire. This is the second time he has served as President of Colorado and the second time he has been concerned about wildfires.

According to US media reports, he is expected to speak on his reaction to the fire, and the first lady Jill Biden will accompany him on the visit.

Biden approved a Emergency declaration In Colorado on January 1, federal aid was allowed to flow to state and local authorities after the fire broke out.

A day ago, the President also had a phone call with Colorado Governor Jared Polis and promised that “every effort will be made to provide immediate help to people in affected communities”, the White House Say.

The displaced residents have Back to their home To assess the damage.

Rex Hickman, who evacuated the area with his wife and son, said he was heartbroken when he found out that their 23-year home had nothing.

“It first makes you feel numb. You know, it’s kind of like you’re in crisis mode. You think about what you can and can’t do,” he told the Associated Press earlier this week. “The real pain will subside over time.”