(DENVER) — At least 374 homes were evacuated Monday after intense wildfires stretching up to 3,000 acres erupted Monday in the Front Range Foothills about 25 miles west of Denver, according to the Jefferson County sheriff’s office. The fires are likely spreading due to the dry, windy weather in Colorado.
The first evacuation was ordered Monday afternoon in the Pleasant Park area, where local schools have set up shelter for evacuated residents.
The “Lower North Fork Fire,” as it is being called, is among the worst of the fires and is burning in steep mountain canyon areas. Firefighters responding to the blaze are up against winds over 50 mph.
Officials say they probably won’t have a good idea about how many homes have been lost until daybreak.
There have been no immediate reports of injuries as a result of the wildfires.
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