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Evacuations ordered in Colorado and Utah as crews battle new blazes

October 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 17: The CalWood fire burns on a hillside near Sixmile Canyon northwest of Boulder on Saturday October 17, 2020. Photo by Eric Lutzens/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Blazes roaring through Colorado and Utah have pushed people from their homes and caused damage that officials have not yet been able to assess.

(CNN)Blazes roaring through Colorado and Utah have pushed people from their homes and caused damage that officials have not yet been able to assess.

Two wildfires are believed to have broken out in Utah on Saturday, burning more than 3,000 acres in less than a day, according to posts on Twitter from Utah Fire Info.

The Range Fire, burning just outside the city of Orem, has prompted the evacuation of about 10 homes as it burned 1,500 acres.

Reports of the Utah fires come as fire crews continue to battle the CalWood Fire, which sparked around noon Saturday north of Jamestown, Colorado, and quickly spread to more than 7,000 acres, according to Gabi Boerkircher, spokesperson for Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Nearly 900 homes are in the area of evacuation, a tweet from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said Saturday night.

And though officials "believe multiple homes were probably lost," it is still too early to tell what impact the blaze has had, Mike Wagner with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office announced during a media briefing Saturday night.

"It is still too dynamic to get in and even begin to assess where those homes may have been damaged or lost," said Wagner.

They could face challenges in the rocky terrain on the north side of the fire as well as in the area from Lefthand Canyon up to the Peak-to-Peak Highway where it could be more difficult because of amount of homes, ranches and animals that could be impacted said Wagner.

No deaths or injuries have been reported and a cause of the CalWood Fire has not yet been determined, Boerkircher said.

The fire is burning near the city of Fort Collins in the northern part of the state, which prompted new mandatory evacuations Friday night.

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