Evacuations from the Boulder region are being urged because of life-threatening wildfires in Colorado.
A number of wildfires in Boulder County, Colorado, were sparked by strong winds Thursday, resulting in evacuation orders. Those living in Superior and Louisville, two towns about eight miles southeast of Boulder, were encouraged to "LEAVE NOW" by the National Weather Service for Denver and Boulder. By Thursday afternoon, the authorities had issued evacuation orders for both towns.
As the fires grew, the weather service warned that they were becoming a "very high impact wind event for our area" and advised people to "take it seriously and obey by any evacuation orders from local authorities."
Power lines were brought down by the severe winds, according to Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, igniting many grass fires. According to a tweet from the sheriff's office, there have been numerous reports of downed power lines and blown transformers. According to the sheriff's office, crews were on the scene putting out fires.
No mandatory evacuations were issued for the city of Broomfield, although anyone with respiratory or breathing problems were advised to remain indoors.