Colorado fire destroys buildings; no injuries reported
DAN ELLIOTT,Associated Press Writer
DENVER (AP) – A wildfire in the rugged Colorado foothills destroyed some structures and triggered evacuations on Monday, but no injuries were reported.
The fire broke out in the Four Mile Canyon northwest of Boulder, closing at least four roads in the area while sending plumes of heavy smoke over the area. Officials did not immediately offer an estimated size of the blaze.
The cause was unknown.
Homes and cabins are scattered throughout the area, some in old mining communities and others on isolated lots. But authorities said they didn’t know how many and what type of structures were destroyed.
One fire vehicle was destroyed, said Patrick von Keyserling, a spokesman for the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management.
“It was tremendously dark about an hour ago,” said Marilyn Cole, who was working at the Country Corner Store in Hygiene, about 10 miles northeast of the fire. “It’s very, extremely hazy.”
Evacuation centers were set up in Boulder and in the mountain village of Nederland, and a shelter for livestock was set up at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.
The National Weather Service said a cold front moving across the state brought gusty winds.