Mandatory evacuations ordered for residents near ‘37E’ wildfire that has burned 300 acres north of Lyon – CBS Denver

LARIMER COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4)– Mandatory evacuations were ordered Friday afternoon for residents of the Blue Mountain area near where the 37E wildfire was burning. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office tweeted about the fire at 4 p.m.

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It was nearly 4 hours later when the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the area of ​​the 37E fire, approximately 300 acres and zero percent containment. Crews will continue to work on the fire overnight. There are 130 personnel from multiple agencies battling the fire, with more resources on the way.

Copter4 flew over the fire, located about 3-4 miles north of Lyon, which was sending a huge plume of white smoke down the Front Range. Air tanks could be seen dripping water on the fire and others dropping fire retardant to prevent the flames from spreading.

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The fire at 37E forced the closure of 71N (Blue Mountain Road) at the intersection of Highway 36 and N. 53rd Street at the intersection of Highway 66.

The first set of mandatory evacuations included those on Vision Way.

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Shortly after announcing the first round of mandatory evacuations, Larimer County issued others, this time for residents living on Dakota Ridge Road and Chimney Hollow Road.

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This was followed by further evacuations for Moss Rock Drive residents on both sides of the Larimer-Boulder county line.

Followed by even more evacuations for those living south and east of County Road 37E to the Larimer-Boulder county line.

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More evacuations were ordered just after 7:30 p.m. Friday, this time voluntary evacuations, for residents of Chimney Hollow Road East to County Road 31.

Just before 8:30 p.m., Boulder OEM issued an evacuation warning for the Stone Canyon, Eagle Ridge and Steamboat Valley areas north of the Larimer county line due to the 37E fire.

An evacuation point in the parking lot of Lifebridge Church, located at 10345 Ute Hwy in Longmont, was opened Friday afternoon and then closed overnight. Red Cross volunteers will remain on standby for those in need of assistance.

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There are reports of hundreds of customers in the area without power due to damaged 37E fire and power hydrants.

About an hour later, only 17 customers were reported to have been without power as crews replaced utility poles.

In December of last year, the Marshall Fire destroyed over 1,000 homes and buildings in Boulder County.