Two people died while trying to flee a wildfire in Colorado that has burned down 360 homes, in the state's most destructive blaze ever, officials said.
Some 38,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes as the blaze reached the edge of Colorado Springs, but officials voiced hope as the numbers of homes destroyed and evacuations did not grow during the day.
The Black Forest fire, which broke out Tuesday, was described as five percent contained by Thursday afternoon, up from zero contained at the start of the day.
The two victims were found near their car in a heavily wooded area, and appeared to have been trying to pack belongings and flee when they were overtaken by the flames, said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.
"It appears as though the individuals were in the garage, the car doors were open, as though they were loading or grabbing last-minute things," he said.
All indications are... that they were planning to depart very quickly," he said.
"When we get a fire and it's being carried by the winds, and it can jump from tree to tree, it can be very deadly -- and move very quickly," he said in a late afternoon briefing.