The Spring Creek Wildfire in Colorado Transformed Overnight Into a Fire Tsunami
The Spring Creek wildfire in southern Colorado swelled into a 300-foot-tall “fire tsunami” this week, charring more than 103,000 acres of land.
No injuries have been reported, however more than 130 homes have been destroyed and another 110 damaged by the fire.
The blaze grew by more than 8,000 acres over Wednesday night, prompting local fire fighters to name the massive fire a “fire tsunami.” The fire in the San Luis Valley started on June 27 and has since grown to become the third largest wildfire in Colorado history.
“It was a perfect firestorm,” public information officer Ben Brack told the Denver Post. “You can imagine standing in front of a tsunami or tornado and trying to stop it from destroying homes. A human response is ineffective.”
Winds have blown in and changed the fire’s course multiple times, making it particularly difficult for firefighters to battle. So far, the fire has engulfed more than 103,000 acres of land.
Rain on Thursday helped firefighters contain the flames. While the rain did not put out the fire, it helped stop spread. Residents are being warned that the rainfall could cause flash flooding.
The fire was unintentionally started last week by a man cooking on a firepit who did not completely extinguish the flame before going to bed. He has been arrested for arson.
The wildfire is one of 10 currently active in Colorado.