Roughly 300 homes have been evacuated this morning as warm temperatures and high winds fuel two grass fires in Boulder County. We’ll be keeping track of the fires and assembling photos and visuals from social media here. Anyone with questions about the fire also can call Boulder County at 303-413-7730.
Wagonwheel Gap Road fire:
One fire, the Wagonwheel Gap Road fire, was between three and five acres and had forced the evacuation of 157 homes as of 9:12 a.m., according to the county’s emergency website. The fire is along a road that heads into the foothills northwest of Boulder.
Update, 1 p.m.: The Boulder Office of Emergency Management is now saying that the Wagonwheel Gap Fire is not contained.
Update, 11:30 a.m.: The Daily Camera reports that the Wagonwheel Gap Fire is contained at 5 acres.
Boulder County sheriff’s Division Chief Robert Sullenberger briefed reporters around 11 a.m. and said no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported.
Nelson Road fire:
County officials have reported “a large grass fire near the 5000 block of Nelson Road,” that had forced the evacuation of 125 homes as of 9:12 a.m. They’re calling this one the Rogers Fire and tracking it under #RogersFire on social media.
Update, 11 a.m.: Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for all but a few homes in the active fire zone.
Update, 11:45 a.m.: The Rogers Fire has also been contained.
Boulder Office of Emergency Management has a map of the fire and road closures.
Also, two horses were found near the Rogers Fire and taken to the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
Update: The horses owners have been located.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: In more animals-in-the-fire news, a piglet that was injured in the Rogers Fire is doing well and has been reunited with its mother. Please enjoy this nice moment.
Ashley Dean contributed to this report.