Longmont is closing the Emergency Operations Center at this time.
There remains one section of town without power. The City of Longmont is estimating that this area will have power restored by 3pm this afternoon. The outage area is bordered as follows: Quebec on the North, Pecan Street on the South; Main Street on the West; Maple Street/Walnut Street on the East. We are estimating at about 430 customers are affected by this outage.
If you need additional information about the fire which is outside of the Longmont city limits, please follow Boulder Office of Emergency Management on Facebook, or @BoulderOEM on Twitter. The Boulder OEM call center phone number is 303-413-7730.
Update: The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management has reported road closures at 61st and Nelson Road, eastbound 69th and St. Vrain, southbound 65th and Nelson, northbound Lee Hill Road and Wagonwheel Gap, and Bow Mountain Road and Wagonwheel Gap due to the morning's fires.
All traffic signals are now reported to be back on. Please remember, high winds can blow down trees and power lines without warning, so remain alert when outside. If you see a downed power line, stay away from the line and call Longmont Power & Communications at 303-651-8386.
Update: School bus routes in western Longmont have been disrupted due to the morning's grass fires and power outages, according to the St. Vrain Valley School District. Schools are monitoring air quality conditions and students will remain inside if necessary. Parents who believe the conditions in their area are not safe for students to attend school may contact their school's attendance office to arrange an excused absence. Students will be allowed to make up missed schoolwork without penalty.
Update: About 157 homes have been evacuated in response to the second fire, near Wagon Wheel Road , according to the Boulder County OEM. The fire is about 3 to 5 acres in extent.
Power poles have been reported down near Nelson Road and Boston Avenue. LPC Crews are working to repair the damage. Please avoid any downed power lines and this area if possible.
According to Boulder County OEM, the wildfire is about 12 to 15 acres and is basically contained. Three outbuildings have been reported destroyed.
Forecasters currently expect the high winds to continue through noon and then to die down in the afternoon.
As of 9 a.m., power has been restored in several areas. Power is out in the area of Countryside Village, 1400 S. Collyer Street.
125 homes were evacuated Friday morning and another 29 were placed on pre-evacuation status due to a reported wildfire west of Longmont near the 5000 block of Nelson Road, according to the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management.
The fire was reported by the OEM around 7:40 a.m. A second fire was reported on Wagonwheel Gap Road at around 8:20 a.m. The Boulder County Fairgrounds has opened a large animal evacuation center.
In addition to stirring the fire, high winds have also brought down tree branches onto power lines inside Longmont, causing scattered outages. As of 8:50 a.m, lines have been reported down at the 1400 block of South Collyer Street, at Gay Street and Price, and at 12th Avenue and Francis Street. Traffic lights have been reported out at Ken Pratt and Emery Street, Main Street and Quebec, South Hover Street and Boston Avenue, and South Hover Street and Nelson.
If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line can be energized as far as 35 feet away. Please report any downed lines to Longmont Power & Communications at 303-651-8386.
The city has opened up the Emergency Operations Center for city staff to assist with the grass fire that has started West of Longmont. Please follow this website http://longmontOEM.org for more information.