Colorado wildfire: up to 1,000 buildings destroyed as Biden declares disaster | Colorado

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Up to 1,000 buildings may have been destroyed in the record wildfire that swept through a Colorado area abutting the Rocky Mountains, as Joe Biden declared the situation a disaster and experts warned that the climate crisis and suburban expansion contributed to the devastation.

After declaring that it was a miracle, based on the latest information, that no one was killed in the fire that roared with little notice through Boulder county on Thursday, officials said that more than 500 and as many as 1,000 homes and businesses may have been razed.

And on Saturday afternoon, the authorities said they were now searching for two people reported missing in the wake of the wind-whipped inferno.

Hundreds of residents who had expected to ring in 2022 in their homes were instead on Saturday starting off the new year trying to salvage what remained of them.

Families who had been forced to flee the…

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