Evacuation point opens for Boulder evacuees

4:28 p.m.: The East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive, has been opened as an evacuation point, according to a tweet from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

The office also announced a pre-evacuation warning for the Eldorado Springs area.

Residents in that area should be prepared to evacuate, but are not required to do so yet. The area is bounded by Colo. 93 on the east, Eldorado Canyon State Park to the south, Walker Ranch Open Space to the west and Greenbriar Boulevard to the north.

Household pets are welcome at the East Boulder Community Center, but those animals also can be taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2323 55th St. Free pet food and supplies also are available there.

The tweet said that shelter needs would be assessed by emergency personnel.

3:30 p.m.: Residents of the Table Mesa and Martin Acres areas should evacuate now amid the fast-moving NCAR Fire, Boulder police tweeted.

The evacuation area is bounded by US 36 on the west and Baseline Road on the north. Other areas under evacuation orders include the Chautauqua, Interurban Park and Highland Park neighborhoods in addition to the Boulder open space west of those neighborhoods.

An email update to residents from Superior said the wildfire has grown to 20 acres and is moving toward the southeast toward Eldorado Springs, citing the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife also has ordered Eldorado Canyon State Park closed amid the wildfire. However, the park is not under mandatory evacuations.

The NCAR fire seen from Fairview High School on Saturday, March 26, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

3:13 p.m.: University of Colorado Boulder Police are evacuating CU South due to the NCAR Fire. Police also have blocked westbound traffic on Table Mesa Drive at Vassar Drive.

2:59 p.m.: About 1200 Boulder residents in an area bounded on the east by Lehigh Street and they north by NCAR Road are being ordered to evacuate now ahead of the newly named NCAR Fire. Police officers are going door-to-door to evacuate residents.

Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks also is evacuating hikers from the top of the Shanahan Ridge trail area.

Residents who wish to sign up for Everbridge notices about the fire should visit member.everbridge.net/453003085612231/login.

Boulder police said they are among the agencies responding to a wildfire near the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Bear Canyon Trailhead.

Police said in a tweet that the fire is in the open space next to NCAR. They asked for people to avoid the area and not to call 911 to report it.

“We are aware of the fire and our dispatch is being inundated with calls,” the tweet read.

The city also used its emergency notification system to issue an evacuation warning for the area surrounding NCAR and asked residents to be prepared to evacuate.

Per the Boulder County scanner, the fire was called in around 2 pm near 1245 Wildwood Road. Other responding agencies include the Boulder Fire-Rescue and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.

This is a developing story.

A crowd gathers to watch the NCAR Fire from Fairview High School on Saturday, March 26, 2022. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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