Fast-moving wildfire in Colorado forces more than 1,200 people from their homes

Residents of southern Boulder, Colorado and the Eldorado Springs area were ordered to leave their homes on Saturday due to a fast-moving wildfire near the site of a destructive 2021 blaze .

The wildfire had grown to 24 hectares by late afternoon, Boulder Police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said. About 1,200 people in Boulder had been ordered to leave and no hikers were missing from the area, Waugh said.

Protected wilderness lands are burning near the Table Mesa neighborhood and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), police said on Twitter. Authorities call it the NCAR fire.

The blaze is in an area where a fire destroyed 1,000 homes last year in unincorporated Boulder County and suburban Superior and Louisville.

Senior city officials told residents in an email that there were no immediate concerns for the community.

The fire was moving south-southeast toward Eldorado Springs, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said. The Boulder Fire Department was fighting the blaze.

Eldorado Canyon State Park has been closed and authorities have ordered people who hike or climb the area to leave. University of Colorado Boulder Police are evacuating South Campus and police have blocked westbound traffic on roads near the fire.

The fire started around 3:00 p.m. MT on Saturday and an emergency operations center was activated, Boulder police said. Emergency alerts were sent to cell phones within a 0.4 kilometer radius of the search facility.

β€œThe message is to EVACUATE the area due to a fast moving wildfire #boulder,” police said.

The evacuation zone is bounded by US 36 to the west and Baseline Road to the north, the Daily Camera reported. Other areas under evacuation orders include the neighborhoods of Chautauqua, Interurban Park and Highland Park, in addition to the Boulder open space to the west of those neighborhoods.

There was no immediate information about the cause of the fire.

The sky is clear and the temperature was around 23 C with a wind of around 40 km/h.