More evacuations pending for wildfire near Nederland

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BOULDER | Three homes and three buildings have been destroyed by a wildfire still burning north of Nederland, with 30 more homes in the path of the fire.

About 1,000 people have been forced from their homes, and authorities are warning that shifting high winds and high temperatures on Sunday could put more homes in danger. The fire that started on Saturday spread quickly, and it scorched 300 acres as it moved to the northeast, with no containment.

Power was knocked out to some of the homes in the surrounding area.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said evacuations won’t be lifted because of the weather forecast, with hot weather and high winds making it too dangerous.

Officials said about 200 firefighters were on the ground and 12 aircraft are fighting the fire from above, with more help on the way.

Resident Lee Kennedy was evacuated from her home on Ridge Road, but she got a glimpse of the fire before she left, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/zpwbhby ).

“We went outside and looked and saw an inferno in the sky,” Kennedy said.

In northern Colorado, firefighters say a wildfire near the Wyoming border has burned another 1,000 acres, and they are warning that the fire could spread rapidly on Sunday because high winds are forecast. An evacuation order was issued for Parsons Draw landowners on Saturday. That fire started on June 19 and now covers more than 22 square miles.

Officials say that fire isn’t expected to be contained until late October.

National Forest officials said the fire is burning in heavy timber killed by beetles. They are letting the fire burn in some areas because bug-infested trees can easily blow over and kill or maim firefighters.