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Over 1,000 Colorado homes evacuated as wildfire erupts

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:06

Officials have ordered the evacuation of more than a thousand homes near Boulder, Colorado due to a raging wildfire. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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More than a thousand homes evacuated... as a wildfire rages west of Boulder, Colorado. The flames, reported just before 1:30 Sunday morning, have scorched over 100 acres of land. As fire crews worked tirelessly in the morning, officials said the so-called Sunshine Fire was at zero percent containment. (SOUNDBITE) BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, CMDR. MIKE WAGNER, SAYING: "The fire has predominantly moved south toward Boulder Canyon. And again, it's high urban interface there. There's a lot of steep terrain, rocky terrain. It's difficult to get crews back into some of those areas." Wagner added the weather conditions were better than expected... beneficial for the crews in the air. (SOUNDBITE) BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, CMDR. MIKE WAGNER, SAYING: "Two blackhawks were ordered, two chinooks, all from national guard as Colorado resource they're helping us... In addition to that we have at least one heavy air tanker that's working and one single engine air tanker or a seat that's been also ordered." There were no immediate reports of injuries or property loss. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Over 1,000 Colorado homes evacuated as wildfire erupts

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:06