Wildfires hit US states

Wildfires hit US states

The US states of Colorado and New Mexico have been engulfed in two massive wildfires.

The state capital of Denver was shrouded in smoke from the Colorado blaze some 60 miles away.

One woman has reportedly died in the fire, which has burned about 43,000 acres and is still growing.

A giant fire is also burning in New Mexico - one of a total of 19 blazes in nine drought-stricken western states.

Some 600 firefighters are on the scene in Colorado and up to 200 more are expected as hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate.

Additional resources have had to be called in as state and federal authorities rushed to tackle the blaze, which is thought to have been sparked by lightning.

The High Park Fire - as it has been dubbed - is still growing, with only 5% contained.

Less than a third of the 36,000-acre Little Bear Fire in New Mexico has been contained.


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