Authorities call for Colorado wildfire evacuations

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 21, 2017

The fire was only about 60 acres, but strong gusts and warm and dry weather threatened to fan the flames, officials said. Mike Wagner said the area has "a very social trail network", leading authorities to speculate the fire could be "human-caused". Re-evacuating at night also is more hard, he said. "It was one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying and heartbreaking things to watch".

Wagner said conditions seemed more like what might normally be found in June rather than March.

So far, no deaths or injuries have been reported and no homes or structures have been affected.

The fire, which originated in an area used by hikers, may have been human-caused, according to the Associated Press.

The fire started in the Sunshine Canyon area, which is dotted with a mixture of expensive homes and rustic mountain residences. At that point, the fire was believed to only be between 3-5 acres, but authorities put an evacuation order in place anyway.

Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr.

Fire crews fight a wildfire from the air in Sunshine Canyon. Containment was bumped up to 50 percent late Sunday afternoon.

"The main strategy is to keep it within the perimeter", he said.

It was a long night for hundreds of people and fire crews in Boulder.

Fire officials were expecting a rough day because of high temperatures and windy weather.

"It's always alarming and always on your mind, but it's not an uncommon sensation around here", said Frankel, who has lived in Boulder for 20 years. Boulder topped out at 81 degrees on Saturday, making it the second-earliest 80-degree reading on record. Another 800 were on pre-evacuation status.

Ben Egner said that while he hadn't packed anything yet, he had a list in his head that included musical instruments, books, his hard drive and his dog, Petunia.

Blumenthal said he is anxious because there are a lot trees around his home.

"I love it. I feel like Boulder does a real good job of protecting the homes".

According to a press release, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist civil authorities in Boulder County with aerial firefighting support at the blaze.

Brian Kurtz, Emma Ruffin and Charlie Kohn stand on Spruce Street as a Blackhawk helicopter dumps water on the Sunshine Canyon fire near their home.

Boulder OEM warned recreation around the city of Boulder is not advised because of air quality concerns.

Most of the people forced out of their homes were able to stay with friends or family, some at a shelter set up on the east side of Boulder.

Multiple fire agencies responded, including Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, the Boulder Fire Department, and the Sheriff's Fire Management Program.

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