BOULDER, CO - “It was just someone in the area who saw flames on the side of the mountain.”
High winds and dry conditions are fueling a wildfire near Boulder, Colorado, prompting the evacuation of about 1,000 people from their homes.
“The fire department, part of their objectives are structure protection, and so they’re trying to defend residences within that footprint.”
Firefighters are attacking the flames from the air. Crews have made progress containing the blaze, but winds overnight have firefighters worried.
“The fire remains at 62 acres. It has not grown the footprint.”
The situation remains difficult because the fire is hard to reach.
“A lot of the perimeter is very remote. It’s going to be very difficult to try and get water up there.”
That also makes it hard to fight at night.
“Things get exponentially complex in the dark. We’re limited by air operations, and we’re not able to utilize aircraft in the middle of the night.”
Resources are also thin this time of year.
“One of the complicating factors that the fire guys have encountered today is the lack of hand crew availability being this early in the fire season.”
Officials have ruled out natural causes for sparking the fire.
“A lot of people are in and out of there. We know that there was a lot of transient camp sites in that area. So, we’re speculating that the fire has some sort of human cause.”
It’s not clear when residents will be able to return to their homes.
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