Wildfire breaks out in Eldorado Canyon area

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BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — Update 3:56 p.m.: According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, “The evacuation notice for the NCAR fire has been broader than expected.”

Update 3:55 p.m.: The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is accepting evacuated animals. Free pet food and supplies are available.

Update 3:18 p.m.: Eldorado Canyon State Park is currently closed. The park was at capacity and rangers are working to get all visitors out.

Update 3:15 p.m.: The University of Colorado Boulder South Campus is underway evacuated.

A wildfire broke out Saturday afternoon in the Eldorado Canyon area.

According to a Tweeter from the Boulder Police Department, a fast-moving fire — now called the NCAR Fire — broke out in the open space next to the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Those with cell phones within a quarter mile of NCAR are receiving notifications to evacuate.

Heavy smoke can be seen across Boulder. Rocky Mountain Arsenal was working on a prescribed burn on Saturday, but has since closed to help fight the wildfire.

Authorities say 1,200 people are being ordered to evacuate immediately in the area seen herethe area includes Martin Acres, Frasier Meadows, Table Mesa and up to Fairview High School.

Boulder PD asks residents not to call 911 to report the fire – the office is aware of the situation.

FOX31 has a crew on the way, this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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