Boulder, Colo., evacuates 426 homes as Sunshine Fire burns

By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |   March 20, 2017 at 6:55 AM
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March 20 (UPI) -- Officials evacuated 426 homes due to the Sunshine Fire, which has burned more than 62 acres and is at 50 percent containment, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management in Colorado said.

The Boulder OEM said full firefighting operations would continue throughout Sunday into Monday morning, when officials said they would update the public on the status of the fire.

"The evacuations and pre-evacuation alerts will remain in place overnight while firefighters continue to fight pockets of intense heat and potential flare-ups in the interior of the Sunshine Fire," the Boulder OEM said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "Winds will be a factor overnight, and active fire spots could reappear between now and tomorrow morning."

Boulder officials kept the East Boulder Community Center evacuation shelter open overnight for people currently evacuated or in case additional evacuations were necessary overnight.

The Boulder OEM said there were no reports of loss of property, structures, or of any injuries as of Sunday afternoon.

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