*** This post will be updated through the afternoon. ***
Multiple fires are burning outside of Boulder, Colorado putting homes and lives at risk. Highways, including U.S. 36 are closed, and evacuation orders are in place for Superior, Colorado, which has a population of roughly 13,000 people, and Louisville, Colorado. Additional evacuations are possible through the afternoon and evening.
Latest evacuation map:
5:15pm: As many as 600 homes have been burned in the fire as it continues into the evening. Some estimates put that number even a bit hire.
Additional evacuations ordered:
Sunset view of smoke plume:
3:30 pm. Latest snowfall forecast and discussion:
Multiple fires are burning outside of Boulder, Colorado putting homes and lives at risk. Highways, including U.S. 36 are closed, and evacuation orders are in place for Superior, Colorado, which has a population of roughly 13,000 people.
This is a developing situation. Please refer to the NWS in Boulder, as well as local law enforcement officials, and the Boulder OEM for the latest information. We will continue to update this post throughout the afternoon.
2:15 update: The city of Louisville has been ordered to evacuate, do so NOW.
You can visit this map to see the latest GOES satellite heat detections for the Marshall Fire in Superior, Colorado. This can include flying embers, but not active fire. This is a quickly changing situation, but this map can give some insight to where the active fire is occurring.
And visible satellite:
The hourly forecast for Superior, CO shows conditions improving as we head into Thursday evening, but we have a few more hours of wind and very dry conditions to go. Wind gusts will drop from 50 to 60 mph now down to 20 to 30mph by early evening. Overnight the winds will greatly diminish, and humidity levels will increase ahead of our desperately needed snow. By 6am tomorrow (blue bars below) some snow may begin to pull off the hills across the urban corridor, with the chance of snow increasing through the afternoon hours on Friday.
The HRRR shows winds continuing into the evening hours, but the worst of it should begin to diminish over the next two hours – especially east of the foothills. In the foothills, gusty winds upwards of 60mph will be possible into Thursday night.
From 12pm today:
From CPR News
YMCA Arapahoe Center:
2800 Dagny Way
Lafayette, CO 80027
Longmont Senior Center:
910 Longs Peak Ave.
Longmont, CO 80501
COVID-positive evacuees only:
Mount Calvary Lutheran
3485 Stanford Ct
Boulder, CO 80305
NOTE: The South Boulder Recreation Center is closed, and everyone has been evacuated to YMCA Arapahoe Center.
People with large animals:
Jefferson County Fairgrounds:
15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd
Golden, CO 80401
NOTE: The Boulder County Fairgrounds animal evacuation site is FULL