Fire crews respond to two grass fires in Boulder County; hundreds of homes evacuated

Posted at 7:23 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-11 01:02:25-05

BOULDER, Colo. – Several hundred homes were evacuated due to grass fires in Boulder County Friday morning.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported one fire, deemed the Rogers Road Fire, near the 5000 block of Nelson Road.

About 125 homes were evacuated due to that fire and deputies said another 29 were on pre-evacuation notice.

Officials said twelve barns and a haystack burned to the ground, potentially killing some livestock. As of 10 a.m., the fire had burned approximately 24 acres.

The majority of the evacuations were lifted before noon, but were temporarily reinstated at 3 p.m. due to flare-ups. 

Fire crews responded to a second fire near Wagonwheel Gap Road. It appeared to be about three to five acres in size. Approximately 160 homes were evacuated. The fire was 60 percent contained as of 5:30 p.m. No homes or structures have burned. 

Emergency officials said an animal evacuation shelter was being set up at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.

Fire danger is high around the state Friday, with record high temperatures, dry conditions and high winds.'

It appeared both fires were caused by power lines brought down by the wind.

The warm, dry conditions sparked another brush fire southeast of Fort Collins late Friday afternoon. The flames were burning close to a highway near Duck Lake and the smoke was visible as far as Wellington. No structures are threatened at this time. 

The fire was estimated to be around 150 acres in size as of 6:15 p.m. The fire was 100 percent contained by about 7:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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