The Latest: 1000 call for Colorado wildfire evacuations

BOULDER, Colo. – The Latest on a wildfire west of Boulder, Colorado (all times are local):

10:20 pm

The authorities have more than 1,000 calls for the residents in and around Boulder, Colorado, ordering them to leave their homes as a wildfire burns in the mountains just to the west of the city.

Gabi Boerkircher with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, says an additional 2,200 reverse 911 calls early Sunday warned the others to get ready to leave if conditions deteriorate.

It was not clear exactly how many homes or residents were evacuated because the calls would have gone to multiple people live in the same house and probably no kids.

The fire, reported at 1:40 pm, Sunday, had burned 30 to 50 acres just a few miles from the center of Boulder. Various devices are in the making of drops to battle the flames.

Emergency officials do not know how the fire started.


8:45 pm

Authorities say a small wildfire burning in the mountains just outside the Colorado city of Boulder has forced people from their homes and filling the air with smoke.

The Wind pushes the flames early Sunday just a few miles from the city centre. The fire was only 30 to 50 acres.

Shannon Cordingly of the Boulder Office of Emergency Management says that it is unclear how many homes have been evacuated just to the west of the university and how the flames ignited.

The agency says that there have been no reports of injuries or buildings destroyed. Cordingly says if the fire continues to spread, more evacuations are possible.

Resident Seth Frankel, who sits after being warned, he may need to evacuate, says dead trees “are exploding in a black feather that goes in the air.”

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