A inferno has left thousands in danger of being engulfed as the blaze rages uncontrollably.

A wildfire near Breckenridge, Colorado is expanding rapidly due to shifting winds, threatening the whole town. The entire town is being prepared for evacuation as the inferno spreads rapidly towards the settlement. The fire continues despite an air tanker battling the blaze, fire officials said.

By 3pm local time yesterday, the fire was estimated to cover an area of 300 acres and dramatic images showed a plane attempting to quell the fire and several motorways in the area being shut down by authorities. The fire could be seen for miles around with local residents tweeting pictures of a large smoke plume hovering ominously over the hills.

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