Authorities Contain ‘NCAR’ Wildfire that Spread Through Boulder Colorado

Boulder authorities reported containing a wildfire that broke out last Saturday that prompted an evacuation warning for nearly 20,000 residents.

At around 2 p.m. Saturday near the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, a wildfire broke out and forced Devil’s Thumb and Eldorado Springs to evacuate.

Incident commander Mike Smith said that the wildfire was contained after spreading 189 acres overnight and almost reaching 8000 homes.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said that two firefighting aircraft, including a single-engineer tanker and a Type 2 helicopter were deployed to fight the fire.

There were no reports of deaths, injuries or property damage while there are no signs of leftover fires.

“The EOC is closing at 7 p.m. for the night but will monitor conditions should anything change, and will reopen with communications support at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Monday. A public information officer will be available throughout much of the day at the media staging area, at NCAR. The NCAR road remains closed, except for media access,” said the Boulder Operations Center.

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