Thousands in Louisville and Superior asked to leave homes as high-wind fans fanned flames
The city of Louisville and the City of Superior to the southeast of Boulder were ordered to evacuate. According to the US Census Bureau, Louisville has about 20,000 residents, while Superior has a population of over 12,000.
“If you are in the area, please leave quickly. Please evacuate to the east if possible,” said the Louisville Police Department.
Video posted on social media One is shown evacuating Costco as shoppers in the parking lot were met with thick smoke.
National Weather Service for Denver and Boulder Office “is never a good sign when radar shows a smoke plume so strong.” wrote in a tweet Smoke showing on a radar image.
Residents in parts of nearby Broomfield were told to gather essentials to prepare for a possible order and alert neighbors.
“If you see fire, get out. Go east, go north, but leave immediately,” Boulder Office of Emergency Management said on twitter, The agency opened several evacuation sites in and around the area to accommodate residents as well as larger animals.
The Broomfield Police Department said parts of US Highway 36 were closed due to fire activity. The officials also urged other residents of the area to stay off the roads. Police said the FlatIron Crossing mall in Broomfield was closed to help ease traffic, noting that the mall was not a fire hazard.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency, which allows the state to access disaster emergency funds and other resources such as the National Guard.
“Prayers for the families reeling from the fires in Superior and Boulder Counties,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wrote on social media.
According to the NWS, the warning of strong wind continued till 5 pm local time. “Today strongest winds near 110 mph at the base of the foothills, but overall winds should gradually weaken during the evening hours,” the local office wrote in its afternoon weather message.
According to the US Drought Monitor, much of Colorado has been in drought conditions that range from moderate to extreme. expected to bring a storm system precipitation on Friday.
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