The CalWood fire in Boulder County has grown to at least 8,788 acres, or about 13 square miles, according to a map released Sunday by the Boulder County Emergency Operations Center.
The explosive blaze started on Saturday and within hours it grew to over 5,000 acres burning between Jamestown and Lyon, forcing evacuations of nearly 3,000 residents in the immediate vicinity as the plume of smoke rose above- above the Front Range.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Bray said on Sunday that relatively humid weather conditions should help fire crews tackle the blaze.
“Everyone is delighted with the weather this morning,” she said. “And hoping that will be a big help in their efforts today.”
She said there had been no change in evacuation orders on Saturday night and said evacuation points that closed overnight have reopened, including the County of North Broadway complex. Boulder at 3460 N. Broadway, and, for livestock, the Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.
Authorities said on Saturday they believed some structures had been destroyed in the blaze, but there was no immediate estimate of the number of buildings burned.
Forest fire map
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