Colorado wildfires: 2,416 pre-evac calls made in Flagstaff Fire

2:04 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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Residents living in the area bordered by Dartmouth on the north, Broadway on the east, all the way to the south edge of town were put on pre-evacuation notice. 

The City of Boulder has issued an additional 1,485 additional pre-evacuation notices to phone numbers within city limits to include the Shanahan Ridge neighborhood.

Boulder County says that automated-emergency alert went out to over 2,300 Boulder telephone numbers. 

The Emergency Operations Center has activated a call center for residents and others impacted by the fire to obtain information. The phone number is 303-413-7730.

Boulder County officials say the Flagstaff Fire is at 300 acres and burning on the west side of the Flatirons. They say the fire is moving quickly towards the federally-funded research facility NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). There are extremely dry conditions near this area.

Boulder County officials are requesting a Type 1 Fire Management team to help fight the blaze. Three aircraft are already battling the fire. 

Approximately 26 households in the Pine Needle Notch Subdivision are being asked to leave their homes. Other residents along Flagstaff Road were asked to evacuate as well.

Residents are encouraged to go to the New Vista High School at 700 20th Street near Broadway and Baseline.

Residents are urged to take vital records and proof of residency when they leave.

The following roads are closed:

  • Bison Drive from 1000 block West.
  • Flagstaff Road from Baseline and 6th Avenue.

Non-essential employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab in Boulder have been asked to leave the center.

9NEWS Meteorologist Kathy Sabine says there were 51 lightning strikes in the area at the time the fire was first reported.

Smoke can be seen from the City of Boulder and surrounding areas. 

If you would like to assist, contact the American Red Cross.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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