Boulder County grass fire forces evacuations

LONGMONT – About 300 homes have been evacuated because of two wildfires being pushed by gusty winds in Boulder County.

One fire was burning in a relatively flat, open area near some farms and clusters of homes west of Longmont on Friday. The other was burning in the foothills west of Boulder.

Gusty winds also overturned trucks and closed some stretches of Interstate 70 in Summit and Clear Creek counties. They also caused delays at Denver International Airport in the morning.

The fire danger is high in the eastern half of Colorado after a week of unseasonably warm and dry weather. The high in Denver is expected to be in the mid-70s, about 30 degrees above average.