[BREAKING] Fast-moving Boulder County fire forces 1,200 homes to be evacuated

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Updating: A pre-evacuation warning has been issued to the following areas: west of Hwy. 93, north of Eldorado Canyon State Park, east side of Walker Ranch Open Space and south of Greenbriar Boulevard.

A fast moving wildfire, located near the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, has prompted an evacuation order for 1,200 homes in the area, according to a Boulder Police Department (BPD) announcement.

A map of the mandatory evacuation area can be found below:

The fire, dubbed the NCAR Fire, sparked around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and was initially referred to as a “minor fire” by officials.

Wireless emergency alerts were sent to all cell phones within a 1/4 mile radius of NCAR at 3 p.m.

At 3:22 p.m., the department announced that crews are actively evacuating hikers from the open area.

If you are hiking or recreation near NCAR, EVACUATE NOW! @boulderosmp are in the area to evacuate hikers and any people they find,” BPD said in a tweet.

This is a story in development.

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