Updates on western wildfires

Wildfires continue to ravage the western United States, with several developments over the weekend.

In California, major utility provider, Pacific Gas and Electric cut off power to more than one million people over the weekend as fierce wind in the state was feared to take out power lines and potentially spark new fires. “Red flag” warnings have been issued state wide today, with calmer winds expected by the middle of the week.

In Colorado, the East Troublesome Fire crossed the continental divide.

Smoke can be seen billowing over the mountaintops heading into the town of Estes Park, in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place and roads are covered in ash as drivers slowly make their way out of town.

The Colorado division of Fire Prevention and Control took this video flying over the East Troublesome Fire. As of this morning, the fire has burned more than 190 thousand acres.

The region saw some snowfall over the weekend, which was a big help to some areas of the fire.


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