More 1,800 Evacuated Due to Colo Wildland Fire

BOULDER, Colo. -- A 134-acre wildfire burning in Boulder Canyon, near the city limits, forced hundreds of people in several subdivisions to evacuate. "There are no estimates of containment," said Cmdr. Rick Brough of...


BOULDER, Colo. --

A 134-acre wildfire burning in Boulder Canyon, near the city limits, forced hundreds of people in several subdivisions to evacuate.

"There are no estimates of containment," said Cmdr. Rick Brough of Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

He said no structures have been lost or damaged as a result of the fires.

"We're still doing structure protection -- putting firefighters and vehicles around structures that could be threatened," he told reporters during a 4 p.m. news conference.

Mandatory evacuations will remain in place throughout the night, until further notice, officials said.

Brough said a single-seat air tanker and heavy air tanker would continue to fly and make retardant drops until dark Friday.

The first calls ordering people to evacuate went to 181 phone numbers in the Boulder Canyon area, according to Boulder officials. A second evacuation order went to an estimated 1,700 people and 800 units within the city limits at 10:35 a.m.

The evacuations are for:

  • Canon Park subdivision, base of Boulder Canyon
  • Mouth of Sunshine Canyon up to Poorman Road, including Seven Hills subdivision and those on Anemone Road
  • Knollwood subdivision
  • The Boulder city neighborhoods under evacuation orders are in the boundaries of Canyon Boulevard on the south to North Street on the north, from the fire location on the west to 7th Street on the east.
  • The City of Boulder ordered additional evacuations between 7th and North streets.
  • Boulder Community Hospital's Mapleton and Maxwell facilities were evacuated at 11:30 a.m. No patients should come to the either outpatient facility. There are no evacuations scheduled at this time for Boulder Community Hospital on North Broadway.

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Evacuees from the affected areas are asked to report to the Coors Events Center on the campus of the University of Colorado. Boulder County said no donations are needed as a result of the fire. The Red Cross and other agencies will be there to help.

"We've got food, water, cots, blankets, there's people from the Red Cross who can help you get your medication if you need it and get those things refilled that you had to leave behind in your homes. So, we're a fully provisioned evacuation center and it's up and running," said Bronson Hilliard, CU-Boulder spokesman.

Highway 119 westbound was closed at 6th Street in Boulder when the fire initially blew up from several hundred yards to 10 acres. The highway reopened at 12:30 p.m.

People who need information about the evacuations or the fire can call 303-413-7730 or go to

Boulder Office of Emergency Management website

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The fire started at approximately 8:10 a.m. near the 40,000 block of Boulder Canyon, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Initial responders said they observed a fire on the north side of Boulder Canyon.

The fire near Elephant Buttress is burning over Anemone Hill, according to Eric Stone with Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.

Power Outages

Xcel Energy said it is continuing to work with fire officials to respond to the Dome Fire in Boulder County to ensure customer safety.

Xcel Energy cut power to 62 customers in the Seven Hills area Friday morning after they were ordered to evacuate. Due to the proximity of the fire to transmission lines, Xcel Energy had to reroute power from two facilities, resulting in power outages for about 10,000 customers. Those customers were restored by 1:05 p.m.

The Seven Hills area was still without power Friday afternoon.

Additionally, power and natural gas to the Knollwood subdivision will be turned off, due to the proximity of the fire. This will affect about 94 customers in an area from Sunshine Canyon Drive and Mapleton Avenue to the north, Pearl Street to the south, 3rd Street to the east, and Knollwood Drive to the west.

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