A wildfire in Colorado has sent 32,000 people fleeing for their lives and some are wondering if terrorists are to blame.
Back in May 2012, al Qaeda recommended that followers start “fire bombs” in the U.S. as a way to wreak havoc on their enemies.
While the men who wrote the articles may have died in U.S. missile strikes last year, their ideas continue to live on. Their articles covered how to detailed advice on how to create huge forest fires with times explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs.
“Issue nine carries equally lethal advice, with “It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,” which gives detailed instructions on how to ignite an “ember bomb” in a U.S. forest, recommending Montana because of the rapid population growth in wooded areas.
“In America, there are more houses built in the [countryside] than in the cities,” says the writer, who uses the pseudonym The AQ Chef. “It is difficult to choose a better place [than] in the valleys of Montana.”
Issue eight has an eight-page article on how to construct remote-controlled explosives, with a laundry list of parts and ingredients and photos showing proper assembly.“ (Read the ABC News article.)
At least 60 homes burned down yesterday as part of a 15,000 acre fire in Montana yesterday.
A number of other wildfires have affected other parts of the Western U.S.. There are fires in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and more.
In fact, yesterday, 32,000 people have been evacuated from the Colorado Springs, Colo., area as a fire threatened the city and parts of the Air Force Academy.
“We expect further trouble from the weather today,” incident commander Rich Harvey said at a press briefing. “We do expect all of our lines to be challenged today.”
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown called the fire a “monster event” and announced that the fire is “not even remotely close to being contained.” The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Among the evacuees were cadets and staff at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
In other parts of the West:
- In Utah, a woman was found dead after a blaze on Tuesday that consumed at least 24 homes. The fire is 15 percent contained and has consumed 600 square miles.
- In Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton National Forest wildfire grew from 300 acres to 2,000 acres Tuesday.
- In New Mexico, a fire burned nearly 70 square miles west of Ruidoso was 90 percent contained.