Fire broke out in Boulder County Colorado at approximately 1:15 p.m. near the 1500 block of Bison Drive in the Walker Ranch area. The photos in the slideshow were taken at 3:30 p.m. from Broadway in downtown Boulder CO. The photographer Jim Morin a Boulder territory rep for USFoods reported the air was full of smoke and ash covered his car in a matter of moments.
Lighting is the probable cause of this fire just west of Boulder Colorado. State officials are asking residents to watch for lightning in their area and if they see smoke as a result of a lightning strike to call 911 as soon as possible.
The fire fight was aided almost immediately by a helicopter and a heavy air tanker and soon after a large C-130 air tanker joined the battle.
Approximately 931 phone calls went out with pre-evacuation warnings when the fire broke out. At 5:50 p.m. an additional 100 pre-evacuation phone calls went out.
“We’re about one ridge over from the city of Boulder,” Boulder County sheriff’s spokesman Rick Brough said of the fire at an afternoon press briefing.
Twenty-six evacuation notices were sent to homes in the Bison Drive and the Pine Needle Notch Subdivision. The emergency workers are asking Boulder residents to cooperate and be ready to evacuate quickly if the fire jumps the ridge and heads towards Boulder CO.
A evacuation center has been setup at New Vista High School at 700 20th Street near Broadway and Baseline Road.
The video was taken by photo journalists at Colorado Daily here.
Firefighting crews from all over the state of Colorado including Douglas County’s South Metro district are helping fight the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs. It is unknown whether any of those resources have been pulled to fight the Flagstaff fire in Boulder.
Be sure to sign up for reverse 911 services online so you can be alerted of any emergencies in your area of Colorado. This is especially important if you don’t have a land line or if your home phone is a cable phone number. It’s been reported in Douglas County that those with the Comcast phone numbers don’t work with the counties reverse 911 system.
The official website for the latest information on the Flagstaff fire in Boulder is BoulderOEM.com. The official Twitter hashtag to follow the fire is #FlagstaffFire. Kim Kobel is serving as Boulder’s emergency contact. You can follow her on twitter @BoulderPolice.
Photo credits: Best of Boulder Colorado
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