The fire started around noon Saturday north of Jamestown, according to Gabi Boerkircher, a spokesperson for the Boulder Officer of Emergency Management. Nearly 900 homes are in the evacuation area, a tweet from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said Saturday evening.
Jamestown is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 14 miles northwest of Boulder and approximately 43 miles northwest of Denver.
The fire was blown southeast by winds, Boerkircher said. It has grown to 7,064 acres since it erupted Saturday around noon, OEM Boulder said.
“We are asking people practically everywhere in that area to be sure they are preparing an evacuation plan,” Boerkircher said, adding that a local disaster declaration was signed around 1:30 pm. local time in response to the fire.
Evacuations for Jamestown have been ordered and pre-evacuation orders are in place for areas south of the city, Boerkircher said. Evacuation orders for those living east of the North Foothills Highway were lifted late Saturday, according to a series of tweets from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. Those in the city of Lyon were advised to prepare for evacuation in case the fire changed, a tweet from Boulder OEM said.
No deaths or injuries have been reported and a cause of the CalWood fire has not yet been determined, Boerkircher said.