Massive wildfires force evacuations in Colorado, New Mexico


A firefighter battles a brush fire in the Meadowlands near Metlife Stadium on April 11, 2012 in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Fire departments from around the area were on hand to bring under control one of many brush fires that have broken out in New Jersey and New York.


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Fire officials today said immense wildfires ravaging Colorado and New Mexico have forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and left at least one person missing, reported Colorado's local wltx news

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The missing person's identity has not been revealed. The Colorado fire had spread to 58 square miles as of today, said The Associated Press, while the New Mexico blaze has so far captured 42 square miles. 

It was not immediately clear what caused the fires, currently labeled a "type one" firefighting priority, the highest possible, said the Telegraph. National guard helicopters are helping fight the flames, said AP. National Guard troops are also assisting with evacuation efforts. 

Fire spokeswoman Jennifer Hillman told MSNBC that the blaze was zero percent contained. 

Both fires are being fuelled by extremely high winds, fire officials said, and have destroyed an unknown number of buildings. 

The Telegraph has posted video of the Colorado fire: