Gusty winds helped spark numerous wildfires Thursday in Colorado, including one that quickly became one of the most destructive in state history.

The Marshall Fire destroyed hundreds of homes and at least 9 square miles of land as it forced the towns of Louisville and Superior to evacuate.

In total, the evacuations affected tens of thousands of people.

By Saturday morning, neighborhoods in smoldering ruin were covered in a layer of fresh snow from a winter storm. At least 8 inches fell on top of the hardest hit areas. Officials said well over 500, and possibly as many as 1,000, homes were burned.

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