Hundreds of Colorado homes destroyed by an estimated 6,000-acre grass fire

Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 2:19 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2021 at 4:31 PM MST
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Governor of Colorado has declared a State of Emergency as a grass fire ripped through two Colorado towns.

The estimated 6,000-acre blaze is burning southeast of Boulder in Boulder County. According to the Boulder County Sheriff, it was originally believed to have been sparked by downed power lines between two separate fires at about 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday. An estimated 500+ homes were believed to have been destroyed. However, as of 1 p.m. on Friday, Xcel Energy had inspected all its powerlines in the ignition area and found no downed powerlines. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

As of Friday afternoon, there were no reported casualties, but the Boulder County Sheriff said he would not be “surprised” if someone was killed in this blaze.

For an evacuation map and emergency updates, click here to visit the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website.

To help those impacted, the Community Foundation of Boulder County has set up the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. Click here to give and for more information.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS:

10 a.m.: One brush fire visible, believed to be sparked by downed power lines

11 a.m.: A second brush fire visible, separate from the first also believed to be sparked by downed power lines.

1 p.m.: The Town of Superior is evacuated

The Town of Superior posted the following on their website:

“Superior, Colorado under an evacuation order due to wildfires nearing from Boulder County Open Space. Evacuation Centers at South Boulder Recreation Center (1360 Gillaspie Dr, Boulder, CO 80305) and Lafayette YMCA (2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026)”

2 p.m.: US-36 was closed from Interlocken Loop to Baseline Road.

2:20 p.m.: Boulder Office of Emergency Management announced the City of Louisville was under an evacuation order.

At about 3:15 p.m. Gov. Jared Polis declared a “State of Emergency” tied to the fires:

“Today, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency due to grass fires created by high winds across the Front Range. The declaration allows the state to access disaster emergency funds to support the emergency response efforts in Boulder and provide state resources including the use of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and activation of the State Emergency Operations Center.”

At about 4 p.m., 11 News learned a task-force group from our area would be providing assistance. The Colorado Springs Fire Department alongside Cimarron Hills, Security, Manitou, Fort Carson and Black Forest Fire Departments are providing assistance.

6 p.m.: Xcel Energy announced they would be instituting controlled electric outages in Summit and Grand Counties to help conserve energy for those battling the fire.

FRIDAY 12/31:

9:30 a.m. a boil order was given for the Town of Superior. A boil order was issues for Louisville late Thursday night.

4 p.m. some residents in Superior were allowed back into town. Anyone south of Coalton Road and Bell Flatirons was permitted to reenter.

A man who was at a Chuck E. Cheese with his family shared video of what he described as “craziness” when everyone evacuated the building.

Video from @SoFarFletched/Twitter. 12/30/21: Boulder County, CO.
State of Emergency for grass fires in Boulder County

State of Emergency announced for grass fires burning in Boulder County. Two towns evacuated. LIVE update from officials. https://www.kktv.com/2021/12/30/entire-colorado-town-evacuated-near-boulder-due-wildfire/

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Thursday, December 30, 2021

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