Residents of Jamestown in the Boulder County foothills were being told to evacuate Saturday due to the new CalWood fire, emergency officials said.
Crews responded Saturday afternoon to fight the fire near the Cal-Wood Education Center, 2282 Boulder County Road 87, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
Officials have not yet publicly announced the size of the fire, but it quickly sent massive plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen from downtown Denver.
The Colorado Department of Transportation on Saturday afternoon urged travelers to avoid unnecessary trips to Boulder and Larimer counties due to the wildfire activity.
The fire has prompted numerous road closures, including:
- U.S. 36 at Broadway Street, and in both directions between Neva Road and Colorado 7
- South St. Vrain Drive (Colorado 7) between the Peak to Peak Highway and Lyons, including Riverside Drive
- U.S. 34 from Mall Road in Estes Park to east of the Dam Store
Heil Valley Ranch and Hall Ranch have also been closed due to the fire, emergency officials said.
There is an evacuation check-in point set up at 3460 N. Broadway – Boulder County’s North Broadway Complex where people can receive further information, officials said.
The rapidly spreading fire prompted Boulder County officials on Saturday afternoon to issue a local disaster emergency declaration.
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