Power lines sparked wildfires in Boulder | VailDaily.com

Power lines sparked wildfires in Boulder

BOULDER, Colorado ” Boulder County officials say a power line whipped by strong winds hit a cable and created sparks that ignited the largest of the wildfires that forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents last week.

Officials had already determined that winds gusting up to 80 mph knocked down a power line that hit a fence and sparked a smaller fire that scorched grassland and destroyed a home east of U.S. 36 north of Boulder.

The latest finding released Wednesday covered a fire that burned west of the highway. More than 3,000 acres were burned in the fires that started Jan. 7.

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