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Rocky Mountain National Park Closes as Colorado Experiences Two Largest Wildfires on Record

HeadlineOct 23, 2020

In Colorado, a wildfire raging in Rocky Mountain National Park exploded in size Thursday by more than 100,000 acres, jumping the Continental Divide and leaving residents of mountain towns scrambling to evacuate. The East Troublesome Fire has grown to over 170,000 acres — the second-largest wildfire ever recorded in Colorado. Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle the largest wildfire in Colorado history, the nearby Cameron Peak Fire. Massive smoke plumes from Colorado’s fires reached into the stratosphere, shrouding the sun and turning skies orange as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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