BOULDER, Colo. — A wildfire has been reported in Boulder County about four miles north of the City of Boulder.
The wildfire was reported shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday in the Carriage Hills area, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The fire only grew to a half acre and was contained by 5:30 a.m.
Officials believe the fire was caused by a downed powerline.
The fire sparked in an area that is sheltered from the wind, officials said, though the area is currently under a high wind warning. In the Boulder area, gusts of wind have already topped 70 miles per hour as of Tuesday morning.
Strong winds are blowing over the higher elevations and east slopes of the Front Range, occasionally reaching the base of the foothills. Travelers should be alert for sudden gusts, and high profile vehicles should consider avoiding these areas. #cowx pic.twitter.com/cbtqEWS2c9— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) April 5, 2022
No one was injured and no structures were lost.
Denver7 has confirmed with a community member that a pre-evacuation notice went out by voicemail to some community members.
"We've been through this before. I have a lot of confidence in our fire crews. It's raining, so that helps," said Sarah Barnes, who packed up out of precaution when she got the alert. "Hopefully the wind will die down and they'll be able to get it under control, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.
The sheriff's office later confirmed a pre-evacuation warning was sent through Everbridge to 176 contacts in the Carriage Hills and Surrey Ridge areas. Deputies also conducted door-to-door notifications.
Mopping up. pic.twitter.com/J08mn0mUwu— BoulderCountySheriff (@BldrCOSheriff) April 5, 2022
This is a developing story and will be updated.