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Boulder’s Sunshine Fire forces over 400 home evacuations, burns 106 acres

Winds gusting to 40 mph on blaze northwest of Denver

A tanker drops retardant on the wild fire in Sunshine Canyon threatening Boulder. March 19, 2017, Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

A blaze in the Sunshine Canyon area west of Boulder is now 20 percent contained. But winds that were tame earlier are gusting, and the fire is now within a mile of downtown.

"We are feeling pretty good about it right now, said Barb Halpin, a Boulder spokeswoman. "The big question we have is the winds," which were gusting up to 40 mph.

"That could really change the dynamic."

The Boulder Office of Emergency Management placed more than 1,000 phone calls ordering predawn evacuations. The fire was reported about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The calls resulted in 426 homes being evacuated.

The fire is estimated at 106 acres. It is moving south toward downtown Boulder, and firefighters are concentrating on the fire's southern flank.

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