The blaze broke out near the southwestern edge of the boulder on Saturday.
A blaze near a house near Boulder, Colorado, helped firefighters deal with a blaze that reduced Sunday’s winds and forced the evacuation of about 19,000 people, authorities said.
The fire, called the NCAR Fire because it was near the National Center for Atmospheric Research, ignited Saturday and burned about 200 acres southwest of Boulder, fire officials said.
The fire was initially fueled by thick brushes and fanned by strong winds, prompting authorities to evacuate about 8,000 homes and about 19,000 people on Saturday. Boulder Fire Rescue and NCAR Fire Incident Commander Mike Smith said the fire broke out within 1,000 yards of a house near the west end of Boulder.
On Sunday morning, fire officials said the wind died down overnight, and firefighters worked to contain 21% of the fire. Most evictions were lifted overnight.
Officials say 1,629 people have been evacuated from about 700 homes.
Smith told a news conference Sunday that some areas of the fire had 0% control and air tankers were expected to drop fire resistance in those problem areas.
He added that no houses or structures were damaged in the fire and no casualties were reported.
“So, we’re thrilled to announce that yesterday was a great day for our initial attack, when we had more than 200 firefighters from over 30 agencies,” Smith said. “It simply came to our notice then.
The cause of the fire will be under investigation.
The fire broke out near the National Center for Atmospheric Research on the southwestern edge of Boulder around 2 a.m. Saturday and was forcibly evacuated to the southern Boulder and Eldorado Springs areas.
The fire broke out near the area where the fire broke out on December 30 and burned more than 6,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including 500 homes.
“I think it’s a sign of the way things are going,” Smith said. “We’re continuing to work on our planning processes. We’re continuing to build teams and work with our partners to ensure we can dial in as much as we can. We’re feeling good, but we’re a bit nervous about the upcoming season.”