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18 Oct 2020 | 03:58 AM UTC

US: Authorities order evacuations due to wildfires in Colorado and Utah October 17 /update 2

United States of America News Alert

Authorities order evacuations due to wildfires threatening homes in Colorado and Utah on October 17; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/25/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Denver). COUNTRY/REGION Colorado, Utah

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Event

On Saturday, October 17, the Border Office of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation of hundreds of homes in Jamestown and northwest Boulder county that are under threat from the Cal-Wood Fire. The fire had grown to 7000 acres (2833 hectares) as of Saturday evening and was zero percent contained. Winds of up to 95 kph (59 mph) have been recorded in the county on Saturday and are fanning the flames. A complete evacuation map can be found here.

Meanwhile, the Cameron Peak Fire continues to burn west of Fort Collins in Larimer county (Colorado). The fire has been burning since August 13 and is now the largest fire in the state's history. As of Saturday it was approximately 187,537 acres (75,894) hectares in size and was 57 percent contained. Recent efforts to contain the fire have been hampered by strong winds, which are forecast to continue through the weekend. New spot fires were reported near Buckskin Heights on Saturday and new mandatory evacuations were ordered for several areas. Full information on areas under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders can be found here.

In neighboring Utah, homes in and near Provo Canyon were evacuated due to a new wildfire on Mount Timpanogos. The Range Fire has grown to an estimated 1500 acres (607 hectares) and is zero percent contained. Between 100 and 120 firefighters are battling the fire from the ground and air. Roads have been closed in the area and evacuation centers have been opened.

Further spread of the fires and additional evacuations are possible in the near term. An emergency response presence and localized transportation disruptions, namely road closures, should be anticipated in the affected areas.

Advice

Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities, including evacuation orders.

 

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