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article imageWildfires rage in Boulder, Colorado and western North Carolina

By Karen Graham     Mar 20, 2017 in Environment
A wildfire near the city of Boulder, Colorado prompted the evacuation of 426 homes on Sunday, while a wildfire in Western North Carolina, near Nebo in McDowell County, continues to rage almost unabated.
The fire in Colorado is near Sunshine Canyon, near Boulder. It broke out early Sunday morning and quickly spread scorching over 63 acres and as of Monday morning is 50 percent contained, according to ABC News.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management put another 836 homes on a pre-evacuation list due to the erratic winds Sunday night. However, as of Monday morning, no injuries have been reported and no homes have been lost. Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Wagner said the area has "a very social trail network," leading authorities to speculate the fire could be “human-caused.”
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"At this point, we’ve been able to rule out things like lightning strikes or weather related, downed power lines, things like that. That causes us to speculate that it’s human caused, manmade," Wagner said during a press briefing on Sunday. "In the general area where that fire was reported to us by Sunshine Canyon and Timber Lane is a very social trail network. A lot of people are in and out of there."
Western North Carolina wildfire
The U.S. Forest Service said in a news release: "The White Creek Fire near Nebo in McDowell County has burned nearly one square mile of land. The fire is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest.
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There are currently 140 firefighters working on the blaze along with support from the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke and McDowell County Emergency Management, and North Carolina Emergency Management.
No injuries are being reported at this time and no structures are at risk. The plan is to start a back-burn, a controlled burn to reduce the amount of fuel the fire would consume and add a buffer to the fireline. Firefighters are hoping for a window in the weather to do this.
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