LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Flagstaff Fire is prompting Boulder, Colorado wildfire concern today. The Flagstaff Fire 2012 is prompting new evacuations today June 27, 2012 in the latest Colorado wildfires fight. The Flagstaff Fire, which began Tuesday, has consumed three hundred acres. By Wednesday, officials confirmed to news that an additional one hundred firefighters were joining the existing two hundred-fifty firefighters on scene.
In a news briefing midday today, officials said that the fight against the Flagstaff Fire today will be done manly by air. Leading the effort will be a C-130 air tanker. Boulder fire spokeswoman Kim Kobel told news that an effort will be launched Wednesday to narrow fire lines before high winds arriving this afternoon.
Flagstaff Fire officials are monitoring looming poor weather conditions tonight. They are advising news that wind gusts are expected to intensify Wednesday afternoon. The fire has not struck any homes and remains in hilly locations. But officials are concerned about any advance of the Flagstaff Fire toward Boulder residents.
Last night, new evacuation orders were issued. Currently under mandatory evacuation are residents of Flagstaff Road and Bison Drive.
As of Wednesday morning, voluntary evacuation orders were announced to news for Table Mesa, Devil’s Thumb and Highland Park communities.
Officials believe the fire started Tuesday afternoon from a lightning strike. The Flagstaff Fire erupted in the 1500 block of Bison Drive in the Walker Ranch.
Officials tell news that a fire line is holding near the Devils Thumb subdivision. Officials confirm that the Flagstaff Fire is currently 1.5 miles from city limits. But with wind gusts expected to jump to 25 paths this afternoon, and normal winds escalating to 20 mph as well, officials are worried that the fire could advance into city limits. “Due to weather and terrain, operations will be mostly from the air today,” officials from Boulder’s Office of Emergency Management said in a news statement today.
The Flagstaff Fire remains at zero containment. While twenty-eight homes on mandatory evacuations, nearly two thousand-five hundred residents near Flagstaff were given voluntary evacuation orders Tuesday.
Officials tell news that a residents evacuation center is operating at East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive. Small pets can be routed to All Pets Animal Hospital, 5290 Manhattan Circle, open 24/7. Residents seeking more information are encouraged to call 303-413-7730.
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