Boulder wildfire prompts evacuation order Saturday afternoon

A wildfire is burning in Boulder and evacuation orders have been posted for a widespread area of ​​the city on Saturday afternoon, according to the Boulder Police Department.

Initially police said about 1,200 residences had been ordered to evacuate, but a short time later the order expanded to include an area from National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, to Baseline Road, east to US 36, back down to Broadway and straight west back to NCAR.

Dubbed the NCAR fire, it is burning on the southwest side of Boulder in an open space area near NCAR, police said. The Boulder Fire Department is on scene fighting the fire.

Emergency operations have been activated and wireless emergency alerts have been sent to all cell phones within a 1/4-mile radius of NCAR, police said.

The University of Colorado Boulder’s South Campus has been evacuated because of the fast-moving fire. Police ask people to avoid the area. Eldorado Canyon State Park, which was at capacity on Saturday, has been closed. Rangers are working to get visitors safely out of the park. People hiking or recreation in the area as asked to leave.

At about 3:30 pm, winds in Boulder were gusting to about 31 mph, humidity was 14% and the temperature was 73 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2323 55th St., is accepting evacuated companion animals from the fire.

People in the area are advised to follow @boulderpolice on Twitter for fire updates.

This story is breaking news and will be updated.

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