Colorado authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 8.000 homes and 7.000 buildings impacted by more than 19.000 people in Boulder, as a huge wildfire loomed in the area, the authorities said.

Officials allowed residents evacuated from the NCAR fire to return home Sunday after firefighters tackled the nearly 200-hectare high-height wildfire in the south-west edge of Boulder.

Officials expect the fire to continue for several days because of the heavy fuel, said Brian Oliver, the chief fire-rescue officer of Boulder Fire-Rescue Wildland Division.

The NCAR fire began only three months after the Marshall Fire, which broke out in Boulder County in late December and which was driven by hurricane-force winds eastwards and destroyed more than 1.000 homes.

The wildfire started about 2pm Saturday near the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, causing evacuations in south Boulder and the Eldorado Springs area.

Authorities placed an evacuation order on the route for 19.400 people, including hikers who had parked near NCAR to get away from the area’s many footpaths.

National Center for Atmospheric Research

The US National Center for Atmospheric Research is a US federally funded research and development center managed by the nonprofit University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and funded by th (wikipedia)

2021–2022 Boulder County fires

On December 30, 2021, shortly before 10:30 a.m. MST, grass fires broke out in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. (wikipedia)

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