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Colorado wildfires raging as pregnant mothers in labor evacuate from Avista hospital in Louisville

PREGNANT mothers in labor at a Colorado hospital were evacuated on Thursday as wildfires burned through hundreds of homes and businesses.

The Boulder County wildfires have left at least six people injured and an estimated 580 homes damaged, according to local media.

A photo shows flames near Avista Adventist Hospital as all patients and staff have been evacuated

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A photo shows flames near Avista Adventist Hospital as all patients and staff have been evacuatedCredit: Twitter
Hundreds of houses have been destroyed by the flames of wind energy

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Hundreds of houses have been destroyed by the wind-powered fireCredit: Reuters
People are seen evacuating in smoky conditions in Boulder County

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People are seen evacuating in smoky conditions in Boulder CountyCredit: Twitter / @ Hunthk11
Up to 32,000 people living in the towns of Superior and Louisville had to be evacuated

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Up to 32,000 people living in the towns of Superior and Louisville had to be evacuatedCredit: Broomfield Police
The plane was unable to help put out the fire because of the dangerous wind

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The plane was unable to help put out the fire because of the dangerous windCredit: AP
The National Guard was called in to help local officials overnight

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The National Guard was called in to help local officials overnightCredit: Reuters

A reporter from the local branch 9 News reported seeing flames rising hundreds of feet in the air while several explosions were heard.

Sherriff Joe Pelle told reporters an officer was among six injured so far.

No deaths have been reported, but given the speed and scope of the fire, “wouldn’t be surprised if we found one casualty,” the sheriff said.

Massive evacuations are underway

Up to 32,000 people living in the towns of Superior and Louisville were evacuated when the blaze, dubbed the Marshall Fire, consumed 1,600 acres.

A dangerous fire broke out near Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, where management was forced to evacuate the entire hospital, including intensive care, neonatal intensive care, and patients in the emergency department.

Scary video posted to Twitter showed black smoke filling the sky as residents worked to get out of Boulder County by car.

Evacuations are also underway at an assisted living center in Louisville, with the executive telling a reporter, “Everyone is safe” but the fire “is all around”.

Dangerous conditions

The sheriff said firefighters had to pull out of areas near the fire because of the weather.

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The plane was unable to launch to help put out the fire because of dangerous gusts of up to 110mph, Colorado Sun reported.

The area once saw a historic dry season, which quickly burned through grass, shrubs and trees.

Smoke could be seen 25 miles away in Denver when Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency.

“It was terrible,” Polis told a reporter.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management warned residents who could see the fire to evacuate.

“Go east, go north, but leave immediately. More information will come via OEM channels,” the agency tweeted.

The National Guard has called

The National Guard is expected to arrive in the area Thursday night to help first responders.

Dozens of military personnel will help close roads and evacuate.

Sheriff Pelle said firefighters wouldn’t be able to stop the Marshall Fire until the wind was out so the main focus was on getting people out.

The sheriff said residents north of the evacuation zone would be fine but to stay alert and call emergency management if they have questions.

Dense smoke makes daylight appear like twilight as residents evacuate by car

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Dense smoke makes daylight appear like twilight as residents evacuate by carCredit: Twitter
The fire has destroyed more than 500 homes, according to local officials

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The fire has destroyed more than 500 homes, according to local officialsCredit: Twitter

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