Flagstaff fire

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Flagstaff fire
Flagstaff fire
Aircraft dropping fire retardant on Flagstaff fire on June 27, 2012
Location Roosevelt National Forest
(Northern Colorado)
Date(s) 26 June 2012 - Present
1:15 pm[1] (MDT)
Ignition source Lightning

The Flagstaff fire (also called Bison fire) was a forest fire located a few miles southwest of the city of Boulder, Colorado in Boulder County, Colorado. The fire was started by a lightning strike at 1:15 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time, on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, near the intersection of Flagstaff Road and Bison Drive, about three miles south of Flagstaff Mountain.[1]

As of 27 June 2012, the fire was not contained and had burned approximately 230 acres (0.36 sq mi; 0.93 km2).[2] Evacuation had been ordered for 26 homes along Bison Drive in a small mountain subdivision. An evacuation center has been established at East Boulder Community Center in Boulder. The previous evacuation center, which was at New Vista High School in Boulder for the first few hours of the fire, has been shut down.[3]

A much larger neighborhood of southwest Boulder proper, consisting of everything south of Dartmouth Avenue (the southern boundary of the National Institute of Standards and Technology grounds) and west of Broadway, was given a pre-evacuation notification as of 5 p.m. on June 26, covering approximately 2400 households. This pre-evacuation order was lifted the following evening. However, Flagstaff Road remained closed except for firefighting vehicles.

The Mesa Laboratory building of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in southwest Boulder, the nearest Boulder building to the fire, was evacuated about 3 p.m. on June 26 because of dense smoke. If the Mesa Lab had not already been evacuated, it would have been part of the pre-evacuation area.

As of July 2, 2012, the Flagstaff fire was declared to be 90% contained and had burned 300 acres.

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  1. ^ a b Byars, Mitchell; Snider, Laura (June 26, 2012). "Flagstaff Fire: Blaze at 300 acres, 2,400 pre-evacuation orders for south Boulder". Boulder Daily Camera. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  2. ^ Stanley, Deb (June 27, 2012). "Firefighters Making Progress At Boulder's Flagstaff Fire". 7NEWS-TheDenverChannel.com. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Boulder Emergency Status".