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Colorado fire hits Rocky Mountain National Park

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 23, 2020
The fire, called East Troublesome after a nearby creek, has spread to more than 125,000 acres in Colorado.
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The nearby town of Grand Lake was forced to evacuate.

Already battling the largest fire in state history, Colorado is now dealing with another blaze that grew by more than 100,000 acres in a day.

The flames traveled east, fueled by beetle eaten pine trees and dry winds.

Hundreds evacuated.

The fire jumped the Continental Divide.

Conditions forced the closing of Rocky Mountain National Park.

"The growth that you see on this fire is unheard of," Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said during a Thursday press conference.

"We plan for the worst.

"This is the worst of the worst of the worst.

"And no matter how we look at it, we can't control Mother Nature."

The cause is under investigation.