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Grass fire prompts evacuations in Boulder County

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Boulder Grass Fire

Courtesy Longmont Times-Call

BOULDER, Colo. – Approximately 1,300 residents along the Diagonal Highway northeast of Boulder were urged to evacuate their homes Wednesday afternoon as a wind-fueled grass fire burned near the IBM facility.

The fire was first reported at about 10 acres shortly before 4:00 p.m., according to City of Boulder spokeswoman Kim Kobel.  The Diagonal Highway was closed at 63rd Street as firefighters moved quickly to extinguish the flames.

The fire was declared “100% contained” as of 5:22 p.m., according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Initial reports suggest the fire was sparked by a downed power line.

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