Colorado wildfire puts more than 1000 homes on evacuation notice

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Firefighters are battling to contain a raging wildfire just outside Boulder, Colorado which has already forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes.

"There was minimal spread within the footprint", Cmdr. Nearly 300 homes had received an order to evacuate and 836 had been put on notice to be ready to go if conditions worsened, she said.

Unseasonable warm temperatures, breezy conditions and low humidity will increase the danger of the so-called Sunshine Fire going into Monday, the National Weather Service warns.

Authorities say 426 homes have been evacuated because of a wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado.

The blaze, which began early Sunday, and is believed to have been caused by human activity, has scorched 74 acres, and is now 80 percent contained, officials said at noon.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Using the better than expected wind conditions throughout the day, the around 250 firefighters felt confident in the progress made to control the fire and lay down burn lines to control its growth. Mike Wagner said the fire originated in Sunshine Canyon.

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- No reports of loss of property, structures, or of any injuries.

The fire started in the Sunshine Canyon area, which is dotted with a mixture of expensive homes and rustic mountain residences.

An early morning view of the fire.

It wasn't clear exactly how many houses or residents were evacuated because the calls could have gone to multiple people living in the same home and likely didn't include children.

Wind was pushing the flames in the wooded area a couple of miles west of Pearl St., the shopping and dining hub in the heart of the university city.

Smoke rises from a wildfire Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management placed more than 1,000 phone calls ordering predawn evacuations. Dead trees exploded and sent black smoke skyward.

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