Firefighting efforts will focus on aerial attacks
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Ahead of a scheduled 8 a.m. briefing, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said the Flagstaff Fire, burning in the foothills just southwest of town, remained at about 200 to 300 acres, with no containment reported.
The fire started Tuesday afternoon, most likely sparked by lightning and 20 homes remain evacuated, with more residents of the West Boulder area under pre-evacuation notices.
Morning reports streaming on Twitter under the #FlagstaffFire hashtag indicated that some flames are once again visible from Boulder, possibly on Table Mesa, above the National Center for Atmospheric Research campus.
About 250 firefighters from 50 different agencies are assigned to the Flagstaff Fire, but due to the difficulty of access, fire officials said most operations will be from the air Wednesday. Aerial attacks on the fire will begin at 8 a.m. using two heavy air tankers, two large heli-tankers and two smaller helicopters.
Temperatures along the Front Range are forecast to reach the 90s, with winds of 15-20 mph and slightly higher relative humidity than the last few days, and scattered thunderstorms are possible for this afternoon.