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Wildfire west of Boulder now at 3,000 acres

Emergency alert system not working properly; officials making door-to-door notifications about evacuations

A Google map showing evacuation areas in the hills west of Boulder. Click on the map for the updated Google version online.

Fire on Melvina Hill. PHOTO BY JOEY SCHUSLER.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The wildfire burning Sept. 6 west of Boulder was estimated at about 3,000 acres as of 5:45 p.m. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management website says about 100 firefighters are at the scene.

In an update at 5:20 p.m. the OEM said its emergency alert system was not working properly. Emergency officials are going door to door and encouraging residents to inform themselves of which areas are under evacuation orders and telling them not to wait for evacuation orders.

Click here for the Boulder OEM website.

Here’s the 5:20 p.m update:

  • 5:20 p.m. – Sept. 6, 2010: This is the most comprehensive list of residential areas that have been ordered to evacuate as a result of the wildfire: all homes within a 3-mile radius of Gold Hill; the Mountain Meadows subdivision; the Sierra Antigua subdivision; Mountain Meadows and Mountain Pines; Pine Brook; Boulder Heights; Whispering Pines; Mile marker 3 Sugarloaf to Boulder Canyon; and Lickskillet west to Sawmill. Again, the emergency alert system is not working properly. Residents in these areas should NOT wait for alerts to evacuate.

Social media, especially Twitter, is playing a key role in communications, as information about new spot fires and access are being relayed electronically from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Follow #Boulderfire for updates. Photos from the fire are being compiled on a map by @epiccolorado, a research effort aimed at supporting public information  needs during mass emergencies.

Info also at @COEmergency and @bouldercounty.

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