January 21, 2022

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Boulder County crews fighting two large grass fires – Boulder Daily Camera

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A large fire is moving through eastern Boulder County and has already burned about 1,200 acres and forced evacuations in both Superior and Louisville.

The fire, which officials are calling the Marshall Fire, started near Marshall Road and Cherryvale Road and is burning east. Just before 3 p.m., police radio traffic indicated an aerial flyover estimated the fire at 1,200 acres.

All structures in Superior and Louisville are being evacuated, according to Boulder County spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill, a total of about 13,000 homes.

Churchill said any residents in other areas that can see fire and flames should also evacuate.

Westbound U.S. 36 is closed at Interlocken Loop, while eastbound U.S. 36 is closed to those trying to get on the turnpike at Table Mesa but is open to those evacuating Superior.

According to police radio traffic, there were multiple structures on fire within the burn area. Churchill said she did not have any damage or injury numbers at this time.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive, YMCA of Northern Colorado at 2800 Dagny Way in Lafayette, and the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue.

Large animals can be taken to the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road.

A second fire, which OEM is calling the Middle Fork Fire, was reported near North Foothills Highway and Middle Fork Road.

No size estimate was available at this time, but structures were reportedly threatened according to police radio traffic.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said U.S. 36 is closed between Nebo Road and Ute Highway as a result of the fire.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management was activated in response to the two fires.

While the cause of the fires have not been officially confirmed, the sheriff’s office said the initial calls were that both were caused by a downed power line.

There were several other grass fires started Thursday in Boulder County due to downed lines.

The first fire was reported in the 5500 block of Broadway sometime after 10 a.m. Boulder County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said the fire reached about an acre in size but is now contained, and no structures were damaged.

Another fire was in the 1100 block of Cascade Drive in Boulder, and was reportedly caused by a downed power line in the backyard of a home. Boulder-Fire spokeswoman Marya Washburn said that fire was knocked down and crews are on scene waiting for electrical crews to deal with the downed line.

This is a developing story.

Fire crews work to contain a fire near Middle Fork Road and U.S. 36 on Thursday. It is one of several grass fires in the county that broke out due to high winds downing power lines. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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