Boulder residents evacuated due to wildfire can return home
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All mandatory evacuations linked to the Dome wildfire that scorched 144 acres west of Boulder were lifted at 10 a.m. and people were allowed to return to their homes, authorities say.
However, Open Space and Mountain Parks trails in the evacuation zone will remain closed, and firefighters are asking for the public’s cooperation in staying off the trails and out of the area for recreational purposes.
More than 1,600 homes were evacuated after the Dome wildfire erupted near Dome Rock on City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks property Friday, burning more than 140 acres west of Boulder.
The fire, which has not burned any structures, is 70 percent contained, said Sarah Huntley, Boulder spokeswoman. No firefighters or residents have been injured in the fire, she said.
Fire crews are still battling active fire west of the city. City residents in west Boulder neighborhoods can anticipate fire equipment in the area throughout the day. Residents may notice firefighting teams from other jurisdictions assisting with this effort.
All residents and business owners west of 7th Street from Canyon Boulevard on the south to North Street on the north were welcome to return to their properties starting at 10 a.m.
“On behalf of the city and emergency responders, we would like to thank the community for its cooperation and continued versatility during this event,” said City Manager Jane S. Brautigan. “We appreciate the diligent and exhaustive efforts of all of the responding firefighters.”
The North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, has resumed normal operations and class schedule today. Adult classes were cancelled on Friday due to health concerns related to the smoke.
The Red Cross will close its shelter at the East Boulder Recreation Center between 11 a.m. and noon today. Twenty-two people stayed in the shelter last night, mostly seniors and people with special needs. The Red Cross will drive some residents home in ADA compliant buses and vans.
The city encourages residents to remain alert and monitor local news and Emergency Operations Center updates for any changing information. For the most up-to-date information from emergency officials, visit http://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status.
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