Explosive growth of Colorado wildfire seen from space

A massive wildfire in Colorado is threatening homes and has closed a National Park after it ballooned in size, growing by 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) in an hour on Wednesday (Oct. 21). 

The East Troublesome Fire has burned 170,163 acres (68,862.5 hectares) as of Friday morning and triggered evacuations stretching from the town of Grand Lake to the town of Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire’s boundary is only 11 miles (17 kilometers) from the largest wildfire in Colorado history, the Cameron Peak Wildfire, which has been burning since Aug. 13. There are fears that the two fires could merge, according to 9News.

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