Multiple growing and fast-moving grass fires have forced evacuations in Boulder County as strong winds continue to blow through the area and spread the fire to homes.
The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management is telling residents to evacuate if they see fire. The OEM instructs residents to go east or north. All of Superior and Louisville have been evacuated. Parts of Broomfield and Arvada are under pre-evacuation notices (details below).
Evacuations are in effect for this mapped area (below) of Boulder County.
The fire of main concern as of Thursday afternoon and evening is the Marshall Fire, which started around S. Cherryvale Road and Marshall Drive. It had destroyed more than 500 structures as of Thursday evening, the Boulder County sheriff said.
Evacuation points are at the North Boulder Recreation Center (3170 Broadway, Boulder), Longmont Senior Center (910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont), Rocky Mountain Christian Church (9447 Niwot Road, Longmont) 1STBANK Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield) and YMCA of Northern Colorado (2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette).
The evacuation centers at the North Boulder Rec Center, Rocky Mountain Christian Church and Lafayette YMCA will provide shelter overnight – with cots and food service being organized as of 7:30 p.m. The evacuation centers also serve as reunification points for families.
Click here to sign up for emergency alerts in Colorado. You can call the Boulder County Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730. The Community Foundation Boulder County has set up a Boulder County Wildfire Fund for people wanting to donate in relation to the Marshall Fire and Middle Fork Fire.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management asked people just before 9:40 p.m. to stop calling the call center if they are outside of Boulder County.
“If you live outside of Boulder County you are NOT in any danger at this time. Please do not call the Call Center at this time. Call takers are overwhelmed and there is no danger to other counties at this time. As always, stay alert to your surroundings,” OEM tweeted.
9:40 p.m. | Pre-evacuation orders for Arvada – including Highway 93 to Alkire Street from 96th Ave. to 82nd Ave – have been lifted, according to Arvada police.
“Please remain prepared should conditions change. There are NO pre-evacuation orders in Arvada at this point,” the police department said.
9:30 p.m. | People who wish to open their homes to displaced residents can sign up through the Boulder Office of Emergency Management to become a vetted Airbnb host through the Open Homes Program. The OEM is also encouraging household items be donated to thrift stores. Click here for more information.
A Facebook group has been started for lost and found pets due to the fire. There is also a group for horse relocation. The American Red Cross also has resources available.
9:11 p.m. | The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds for use to help firefighting costs for the Marshall Fire, approving the state’s Fire Management Assistance Grant request earlier in the afternoon.
The authorization allows for FEMA funding to cover 75% of the state’s firefighting costs.
9:05 p.m. | Westminster Calvary church says it is open for evacuees, located at 10138 Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 1000, Westminster.
The Riverdale Animal Shelter (12155 Park Blvd., Brighton) says it is accepting displaced pets and large animals. People can click here or call 303-288-1535 for more information.
8:41 p.m. | The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has now issued mandatory evacuation notices for the Meadow View neighborhood from 107th Ave. west of Country Side Drive.
We have a new story up with the latest evacuation zones and shelters. Find more by clicking here.
8:24 p.m. | Gov. Polis is telling people not to drive toward the fire to watch and get in the way.
“We are getting reports of clogged roads from onlookers. Also, it’s very dangerous,” the governor said. “Stay clear of the areas with fires and let our firefighters and first responders do their work.”
7:55 p.m. | Per the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, these are the road closures in place as of 7:50 p.m.:
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency after wildfires in Boulder and Jefferson County forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate from their homes. The fires sparked when strong winds knocked down power lines around 11 a.m.
The Town of Superior and City of Louisville have been completely evacuated, as have some nearby neighborhoods, including the Interlocken area of Broomfield.
Please do not return to your homes and vehicles if you are under an evacuation order. Our crews in the field reported seeing several people heading toward the area where the fire is actively burning.
9:15 p.m.: All pre-evacuation orders for Arvada have been lifted. This is for the area from Highway 93 to Alkire Street between 96th Avenue and 82nd Avenue.
8:40 p.m.: The Meadow View neighborhood in Westminster is now under a mandatory evacuation order. According to Westminster police, there are about 19 homes in the neighborhood and officers went door-to-door earlier tonight notifying residents when a pre-evacuation order was issued.
Photos: Dangerous fire prompts evacuations in Superior, Louisville, Broomfield
8:15 p.m.: An air quality alert has been extended until noon tomorrow for areas in Boulder and Broomfield counties near the fire.
If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly
The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division said tomorrow’s snow showers should help decrease smoke levels.
Forecast: High winds slow tonight, then cooler with snow on New Year’s Eve
7:58 p.m.: A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for parts of Arvada north of 82nd Avenue between Highway 93 and Standley Lake. This includes Barbara Gulch, Rocky Flats and Big Dry Creek.
7:50 p.m.: The Meadow View neighborhood in Westminster is now under a pre-evacuation order. If you live in the area you should gather essentials like prescriptions, medical & pet supplies and important paperwork. If possible please alert neighbors and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
7:48 p.m.: The high wind warnings have all been canceled according to the National Weather Service. There are still some gusty winds expected, but NWS says the strongest winds are over.
7:20 p.m.: Westminster Dog Park and the Meadow View community, near 107th and Simms, are in the current pre-evacuation area. There are 19 homes in Meadow View that are in Westminster.
Map: Fire evacuation zones and shelters
7 p.m.: The City of Broomfield announced that it has closed the library, community center and recreation center as a result of the fire. They are all closed until further notice.
6:40 p.m.: Broomfield has expanded its mandatory evacuation order to include the area south of Highway 128 between Simms Street and Indiana Street. This includes the Touchstone and Stonegate apartments.
Skystone remains in the pre-evacuation zone
6:20 p.m.: The evacuation centers at North Boulder Recreation Center, Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Longmont and the YMCA in Lafayette will all provide overnight shelter. The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management is working to get cots and food service organized at each location.
Additionally, the shelters have been set up as reunification sites for families to meet.
6 p.m.: The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management is asking anyone wishing to make a donation to reach out to the Community Foundation of Boulder County or the Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming.