More than 500 firefighters are working to contain the wildfire still burning in Colorado. The flames have scorched at least six square miles outside of Denver.
"We need to get ahead of this fire today and tomorrow," said Daniel Hatlestad, with the Jefferson County Incident Management Team.
The suburban area is populated with numerous families. More than 900 of them were forced to evacuate, including the Gulichs. The blaze nearly trapped the family while they tried to escape.
"You couldn't see your hands in front of your faces except for the sparks flying," Kaleb Gulich recalled.
Officials said 27 homes have been destroyed since the fire started Monday. The fire apparently began when high winds re-ignited an old fire. That fire had been a part of a controlled burn started to help prevent future fires.
"This is heartbreaking, and we are sorry," Deputy State Forester Joe Duda said.
Far from comforted, Glenn Davis, whose friends were forced to flee their homes, said he wants to see procedures on conducting controlled burns overhauled.
"Telling me, 'I'm sorry,' doesn't really make a difference," he said.
But Conifer resident Don Heiden chalked it up to an act of nature.
"Accidents happen. If there was negligence, they'll figure it out," he said. "To me, it's more of an act of God."