All told, the fire burned more than 15,000 acres, completely destroyed over 500 homes. 38,000 people were evacuated; two people died. The worst fire in Colorado history…but I’ve heard that before.
I'm honestly not sure what to make of that last sentence. He *cant* have meant to be that much of an asshole, can he? I'm guessing he really meant to convey that he'd seen this sort of thing before, but dear Christ it came across as callous.
This is a professional writer, remember.