Investigators believe a downed power line sparked a massive wildfire that exploded to more than 5,000 acres near Jamestown in Boulder County. Firefighters found the downed line Wednesday morning, when they went to the "Overland" Fire's point of origin.
The blaze threatened the community of Jamestown and forced about
1,000 people to evacuate. At one point, flames were shooting 100-feet into the air. Boulder County fire information officer James Burrus says all of Jamestown is in danger.
About 100 firefighters are fighting the blaze from the ground, but officials have requested 200 more. The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a request from
Colorado Governor Bill Owens and the state Forest Service for
federal resources to deal with the fire. Owens says he also offered to dispatch National Guard helicopters if they are needed.
A brush fire blew up to about 2,000 acres near Interstate 76 in Morgan County. As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, it was estimated at about 70% contained.
Another fire broke out late Wednesday east of Evergreen along Highway 74 near Idledale. No other information is available at this time.