A wildfire in Colorado has destroyed more than 500 homes and left at least two people dead. It can be difficult to predict how a large wildfire will behave with extreme specificity, according to Gregory Simon, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Colorado Denver. "On a large kind of landscape scale I think we can sort of predict where they're going to go, but at a micro level, you know whether my home burns or my neighbor's home burns is almost impossible to predict," he said.

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