Evacuations ordered for fire burning in Boulder County

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Early into April, the state of Colorado has been plagued by wildfires.

On Monday, crews were responding to a brush fire west of Denver in Boulder County near Lyons. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office reported it was responding to the blaze in the 23000 block of South St. Vrain Drive and Highway 7 just after 4:30 p.m. Evacuations were ordered just before 5 p.m. for an area north of Highway 7 in the Conifer Hill area.

As of 8 p.m. the blaze tabbed the "Tiny House Fire" had burned about 15 acres and was about 75 percent contained. Existing evacuations were expected to last overnight, but no new evacuation were reported.

Evacuees can go to the Highlands Presbyterian Camp, located at 1306 Business Hwy 7 (Highlands Camp Road).

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available this article will be updated.

Last week a fire started in Bent County forcing the evacuation of several homes. That fire was about 500 acres on Saturday and about 80 percent contained as of Monday morning. Another blaze broke out near Cheyenne Mountain on Sunday that forced dozens to evacuate off Highway 115. That fire was fully contained Sunday afternoon.

On Monday the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office sent out a warning to the public.

“I want to urge residents to be alert and cautious of the fire danger that still exists in this county,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “We’ve already had a few uncontrolled fires in several different areas of the county, which is an indication conditions are still very dry and a fire danger exists.”

Fire prevention tips from the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office:

-Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks.

-Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch and within 10-feet of the house.

-Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.

-Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds.

-Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. Trim dead foliage from bushes. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

-Dispose debris and lawn cuttings quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing.

-Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering a home.