Gov. Hickenlooper Reacts to Wildfires
KREX News Room
DENVER- As fire crews work around the clock battling multiple wildfires across the state, another blaze popped up Tuesday afternoon near Boulder.
The fire, called the Flagstaff Fire, has forced evacuations in the foothills of southern Boulder County. The city of Boulder remains on pre-evacuation orders. Notices have been sent to more than 2,400 phone numbers, and an evacuation point has been established at a local high school.
Folks are being warned to take their vital records, proof of residency and any pets with them. Officials say the Flagstaff Fire started at around 6 acres and quickly grew to about 300 acres. Authorities say they believe lightning started the fast moving fire that they are calling "extreme."
There's also more bad news for the Waldo Canyon Fire that’s burning west of Colorado Springs. The blaze doubled overnight, bringing the total up to more than 15,000 acres. It’s begun to reach homes, forcing thousands of evacuations. Officials say it is currently 5 percent contained.
The most destructive of the bunch, the High Park Fire in northern Colorado, has now destroyed a reported 257 homes, nearly 50 of them in the Glacier Park subdivision.
It's consumed more than 87,000 acres and is now 65 percent contained. Governor Hickenlooper says the fight will continue until the flames are out. Nearly $30 million has been spent fighting the High Park Fire, and more than 2,000 personnel are on site.