NCAR Fire forces 19,000 to evacuate in Boulder

Firefighters in the air and on the ground battled a 123-acre wildfire that broke out near the National Center for Atmospheric Research in southwestern Boulder.

This happened on a windy Saturday afternoon, prompting evacuation orders for parts of the city and Eldorado Springs.

Boulder police initially said about 1,200 residences had been ordered to evacuate due to what has been named the NCAR fire.

By about 5:20 p.m., the evacuation area had grown to cover 19,000 people and 8,000 homes, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management says the evacuation area is “from NCAR to Baseline Road, east to U.S. 36, back down to Broadway, and straight west to NCAR again.” 

Just before 5 p.m., the Eldorado Springs area was moved from a pre-evacuation warning to a full evacuation order.

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