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March 19, 2017

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Wildfire in Sunshine Canyon

Firefighters battling a wildland fire near the Seven Hills subdivision; mandatory evacuation orders in place

Boulder, Colo. - At 1:40 a.m., Boulder Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from a man who reported seeing flames visible on the side of the mountain near Sunshine Canyon and Timber Lane. Firefighters and deputies responded to the area and ordered residents to begin evacuating.

The last available size estimate of the fire was approximately 3-5 acres, although it is believed the fire has likely gotten larger. There have been no reports from the field of homes or structures lost or damaged. There are multiple fire departments on scene, including personnel from the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, the Boulder Fire Department, and the Sheriff's Fire Management Program.

The general evacuation perimeter is Poorman Road to the west; 4th Street in the City of Boulder to the east; Boulder Canyon Drive to the south; and Sunshine Canyon Drive to the north. An emergency Everbridge phone notification to residents within that general perimeter went to 1,031 homes. Effected residents can evacuate to the Boulder High School parking lot at 1604 Arapahoe Road; those residents needing interim shelter can go to the East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive.

Additional incident updates on the #SunshineFire will be posted through the Boulder OEM's website and social media platforms (@BoulderOEM or

The case number assigned to this incident is 17-1599.

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/s/Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer