Flagstaff Fire ‘remains threat’ to Boulder even after good day

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BOULDER, Colo. — On Thursday morning, the Flagstaff Fire was showing minimal signs of growth despite inclement weather that made things difficult on firefighters. But in the midst of good news, authorities said the fire is still a threat those living in the city limits of Boulder.

At a press briefing Thursday morning, Incident Commander Rocky Opliger said the fire is now 30-percent contained and the blaze’s size is approximately 300 acres — up a modest 70 acres from Wednesday. That relatively good news could have been considerably worse had crews not been able to extinguish the 8-10 spot fires that sprung up Wednesday due to lightning strikes from persistent thunderstorms.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle attributed the success in snuffing those flames to the help of a recently-welcomed Type 1 response team.

“Our local crews did a fantastic job, but they’re exhausted and shorthanded,” Pelle said. “We were operating with a skeleton crew. It was great to get some help from out of the area. They did a great job yesterday keeping things in check in really bad conditions.”

Authorities are now hoping for containment of the fire by Sunday, June 30. That information coupled with Boulder lifting about 2,400 pre-evacuation notices Wednesday prompted sighs of relief.

But Opliger said the fire “still remains a threat” to Boulder’s city limits.

“It’s due to the weather conditions locally and in the state of Colorado,” said Opliger, citing the 99-degree highs and gusty thunderstorms in today’s forecast for Boulder.

Official updates from Boulder Office of Emergency Management