Colorado Wildfire has Evacuated 426 Homes

Officials evacuated 426 homes due to the Sunshine Fire, which has burned more than 62 acres and is at 50 percent containment, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management in Colorado said.

He said firefighters will focus on digging lines around the fire.

In addition to the homes already evacuated, another 836 homes are on pre-evacuation notice and have been told to be prepared to leave, including residents in portions of the city of Boulder.

"There was minimal spread within the footprint", Cmdr. The mandatory evacuation remained in place into Monday morning. Wagner said there's a chance winds might pick up sometime overnight. "Low humidity and gusty winds are likely during the afternoon, and the National Weather Service has posted a red flag warning from noon to 7 p.m. local time".

He said smoke was pouring toward neighborhoods, and many dead trees were combusting and sending black smoke into the air less than a half-mile from his home.

No structural damage or injuries have been reported, but a community center has opened as an evacuation shelter.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Investigators believe the fire was human-caused near a transient camp. Authorities said the small wildfire burning in the mountains forced people from their homes and is filling the sky with smoke.

After a relatively calm morning, winds began to pick up at around 10 a.m., with gusts in the 40 miles per hour range reported in the afternoon.

Boulder County officials say the fire is being fought predominantly from the air.

High temperatures, low humidity, and a significant breeze mean conditions are flawless for the fire to spread.

Smoke covers Boulder as a wildfire burns near Sunshine Canyon.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management placed more than 1,000 phone calls ordering predawn evacuations.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management issued this briefing at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 19.

  • Carolyn Briggs