Rabu, 07 Januari 2009

2 Colorado Wildfires Threaten Homes; Evacuations Under Way

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County deputies say some homes have been told to evacuate because of two wind-driven wildfires threatening unincorporated communities.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Phil West says residents within a mile of each fire were told to leave Wednesday, but it's not clear how many homes are involved.

No injuries have been reported.

West says calls were made to 11,000 land lines alerting residents to the fire, but only those close to the fire were warned to evacuate.

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Authorities say one fire burned a house and a barn just west of the small town of Niwot about 25 miles north of Denver, but the size of the fire wasn't known.

The second fire, farther to the west, had burned about 100 acres.

West says the fire apparently started when winds knocked down a power line.