Boulder County crews are battling two major grass fires

A major fire is moving through eastern Boulder County and has already burned about 1,200 acres and forced evacuations in both Superior and Louisville.

The fire, which officials call the Marshall Fire, started near Marshall Road and Cherryvale Road and is burning to the east. Just before At 3 p.m., police radio traffic indicated that an air overflow estimated the fire at 1,200 acres.

All structures in Superior and Louisville are being evacuated, according to Boulder County spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill, totaling about 13,000 homes.

Churchill said all residents in other areas who can see fire and flames should evacuate as well.

Westbound US 36 is closed at the Interlocken Loop, while eastbound US 36 is closed to those trying to get to the turning point at Table Mesa but are open to those evacuating Superior.

According to police radio traffic, several structures were on fire in the burned area. Churchill said she had no injuries or injuries at this time.

Evacuation centers have been established at South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive, YMCA of Northern Colorado at 2800 Dagny Way in Lafayette and Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue.

Large animals can be taken to Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road.

Another fire, which OEMs call Middle Fork Fire, was reported near North Foothills Highway and Middle Fork Road.

No size assessment was available at this time, but structures were allegedly threatened according to police radio traffic.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said U.S. 36 is closed between Nebo Road and Ute Highway as a result of the fire.

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management was activated in response to the two fires.

While the cause of the fires has not been officially confirmed, the sheriff’s office said the first calls were that both were caused by a broken power line.

There were several other grass fires started Thursday in Boulder County due to crashed lines.

The first fire was reported in the 5500 block of Broadway sometime after 1 p.m. 10 Boulder County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said the fire reached about an acre but is now contained and no structures were damaged.

Another fire was in the 1100 block of Cascade Drive in Boulder, and was allegedly caused by a broken power line in the backyard of a home. Boulder-Four spokeswoman Marya Washburn said the fire was put out and crews are on the scene waiting for electrical crews to handle the crashed line.

This is a development story.

Firefighters are working to contain a fire near Middle Fork Road and US 36 on Thursday. It is one of several grass fires in the county that have occurred due to strong winds that have lowered power lines. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

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