Wildfire near Boulder forces evacuations

Evacuation area and pre-evacuation area

Wagner said Sunday that evacuation orders for residents of 426 homes will remain in place overnight.

Officials with the Boulder Office of Emergency Management say fire crews are feeling good about the progress but are still concerned about stronger winds forecast later in the day.

Officials have closed a portion of Boulder Canyon Drive starting at Sixth Street going west; Boerkircher said it's not a hard closure, yet, but "we're trying to re-route traffic around there".

The blaze has burned just over 60 acres, and it was 20 percent contained Sunday afternoon. No structures or buildings have been damaged yet either.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Gabi Boerkircher says firefighters are facing a hot, dry day with potential winds up to 20 miles per hour.

Smoke covers Boulder as a wildfire burns near Sunshine Canyon. The Red Cross opened a shelter for those evacuees unable to stay with family or friends.

Some residents in the pre-evacuation zone in the Highland neighborhood were watching the fire from Eben G. Fine Park and waiting to see if the wind picked up before packing.

He said he found out about the fire after getting a text from a neighbor early this morning.

John Hickenlooper (D) authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist Boulder County officials in dropping thousands of gallons of water and fire retardant on the affected area. At about 7 a.m., she took a picture of flames lighting up Sunshine Canyon.

There are multiple fire departments on scene, including personnel from the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, the Boulder Fire Department, and the Sheriff's Fire Management Program.

A public call center has been set up for affected residents to call in with questions.

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