Maryann Tobin

What began as a small, two acre fire in Larimer County, Colorado, on Saturday, has grown out of control with the help of high winds.

The inferno has now spread to cover 14,000 acres and evacuations have been ordered by state officials.

More than 1,500 people in the path of the blaze have been asked to leave their homes, while firefighters continue to face a difficult battle against the spark that has turned into a devastating nightmare.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith told the LA Times, "This is the fire we always worried we might have."

The fire spread so quickly and continues to grow so fast, firefighters working around the clock have thus far failed to get the disaster under control.

Heavy smoke from the Larimer County blaze has gotten so thick, it has deteriorated air quality to the point where it is threatening the health of residents.