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Boulder fire: Current update [Colorado, Marshall Fire]

A huge number of individuals in Boulder County, including the whole towns of Superior and Louisville, have been cleared because of the quick flames.

Boulder fire:

‘A force of nature’: Marshall Fire grows to 1,600 acres, forces evacuation of Superior, Louisville, Broomfield. Almost 600 homes burned, officials say.

For a map of the latest evacuation zones please click here.

More than 30,000 residents across three communities outside Denver were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon after wildfires fueled by strong winds and downed power lines rapidly grew across the area. Authorities say hundreds of homes and buildings have burned.

An emergency call center for Boulder County residents is at 303-413-7730. This phone line is primarily for evacuees in need of assistance. The call center closes at 11:30 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday.

The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management requested that residents not call the center to ask about the status of structures.

Multiple evacuation centers have been set up for evacuated residents and their pets.

All patients have been transferred out of Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville to other local hospitals.

A patient and associate line has been established for inquiries about loved ones who were at Avista. Call 303-661-1848.

Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette said they have started to evacuate some “critical and fragile patients,” who require extra time for preparation and transport. Those patients are being transferred to other SCL Health facilities. Family members of the affected patients are being notified.

Fires reported:

Pelle said crews responded to two separate fires in Boulder County Thursday.

The first fire, the Middle Fork Fire, was reported just before 10:30 a.m. in the area of North Foothills Highway and Middle Fork Road. That fire has been laid down, with no structures lost.

The second fire, the Marshall Fire, was reported just after 11 a.m. in the area of South Foothills Highway and Marshall Road. That fire spread rapidly to the east, Pelle said, forcing tens of thousands of evacuations. That fire has burned an estimated 1,600 acres as of Thursday evening.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but Pelle said downed power lines were reported in the area.

Closure of Highways:

The following highway closures are in place as of 4:15 p.m., according to the Colorado Department of Transportation:

For up-to-date highway conditions, monitor maps.cotrip.org.

Power outages:

Xcel Energy is reporting more than 18,000 customers without power in the Denver and Boulder areas as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Thursday due to the fire.

“The declaration allows the state to access disaster emergency funds to support the emergency response efforts in Boulder and provide state resources including the use of the Colorado National Guard, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and activation of the State Emergency Operations Center,” according to the statement.

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