Flagstaff Fire: Blaze at 200-300 acres; 2,400 pre-evacuation orders for south Boulder | SummitDaily.com

Flagstaff Fire: Blaze at 200-300 acres; 2,400 pre-evacuation orders for south Boulder

Mitchell Byars and Laura
Daily Camera

Aided by a massive C-130 air tanker, Boulder County firefighters are battling a 200- to 300-acre wildfire west of Boulder, a fast-growing and “extreme” blaze that has forced the evacuation of 26 households in the foothills and put thousands of others in south Boulder on pre-evacuation notice.

About 2,416 south Boulder phone numbers have been called with pre-evacuation warnings.

“We’re about one ridge over from the city of Boulder,” Boulder County sheriff’s spokesman Rick Brough said of the fire at a news briefing.

The fire started near the 1500 block of Bison Drive in the Walker Ranch area around 1:15 p.m. and is believed to have been sparked by lightning, Brough said.

The blaze is now burning toward the northeast, Brough said.

Twenty-six evacuation notices have been issued for Bison Drive and the Pine Needle Notch subdivision, and an evacuation center has been established at New Vista High School at 700 20th Street near Broadway and Baseline Road.

Flagstaff Road is also closed to all non-emergency personnel. The National Center for Atmospheric Research on Table Mesa Drive just west of Boulder also elected to voluntarily evacuate.

Pre-evacuation orders have been issued for the area bordered by Dartmouth Avenue to the north, Table Mesa Drive and NCAR to the west and Broadway on the east. Residents in those areas of south Boulder should be prepared to leave if they are asked to evacuate.

To read this article in its entirety, go to http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_20942065/boulder-county-officials-responding-reports-two-small-grassfires

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