Giant flames and thick smoke are moving across Colorado Thursday. Three massive wildfires continue to burn out of control and hot temperatures, gusty winds and dry forests are only fueling the flames.
The Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs is growing. Raging flames have wiped out at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive fire in state history.
So far, more than 9,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Jaenette Coyne is one of them.
"I can't tell you, it was awful, just to watch it burn down. Our cars are there. It was horrible," she said. "We took our photographs. Things that we can't replace we brought with us, other than that, we're saying fire insurance. There's a reason for it."
Officials say shifting winds are making the fire even more dangerous and unpredictable.
"The fire has now doubled back. properties we identified as standing are now engulfed in flame," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said.
But officials say one person may be missing after choosing not to leave their home.
"One of my worst fears is that people took their chances and it may have cost them their life," Maketa said.
Meanwhile, a separate fire burning to the south has destroyed 20 homes and buildings and forced nearly a thousand inmates to evacuate.
Fire officials say the fast-moving Colorado fires still threaten thousands of homes. Many of them are worth millions of dollars.
Wildfires are also raging out of control in Oregon, New Mexico and California.