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Wind-fueled Colorado wildfire causes 19,000 to evacuate

Colorado officials issued an evacuation order for an area south of Boulder after a wildfire blazed out of control on Saturday.

“Message is to EVACUATE area due to fast moving wildfire #boulder,” police said in a cell phone alert sent to area residents.

The fire started around 2PM on Saturday and by late afternoon strong winds had spread the blaze across 123 acres, prompting the evacuation order for about 8,000 homes within a quarter mile radius of where the fire started, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 

On Sunday, authorities said at a news conference the winds had died down and the fire was 21 percent contained. The evacuation order was eased after 11PM on Saturday night. No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the fire.

Experts say the fire is a sign of how fire season will go this year. As global warming continues to impact weather patterns, wildfires in the western United States have grown in intensity and size in recent years. The cause of the fire remains unclear.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: OUTSIDER.COM

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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