Colorado Springs sending fire trucks, firefighters to battle wind-driven blaze west of Boulder

By: Chhun Sun
March 19, 2017 Updated: March 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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A slurry bomber drops on the Sunshine Fire west of Boulder, Colo.,on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The fire forced people from their homes early Sunday and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP)

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is sending two brush trucks and seven firefighters to help battle the wind-driven Sunshine Fire that has burned about 60 acres west of Boulder, spokesman Capt. Steve Wilch said.

The two type-6 brush trucks will form a strike team along with three more trucks from other regional fire departments, Wilch said.

The fire, burning in the Sunshine Canyon area, was 20 percent contained, but was within a mile of downtown and had forced hundreds of residents in its path to evacuate, according to reports.

About 425 homes are under evacuation and another 800-plus homes have been given a pre-evacuation warning, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

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