2 Colorado cities evacuated by wind-driven wildfire

Two northern Colorado cities on Thursday were ordered to evacuate immediately due to quickly spreading wildfires.

The Boulder County Office of Emergency Management has issued evacuation orders for both Louisville and Superior.

The town’s Twitter account stated that Superior’s evacuation point is the South Boulder Recreation Center. The local Superior Community Center is not an evacuation point.

The National Weather Service office in Boulder told residents to “LEAVE NOW!”

The Louisville Police Department told residents to leave “quickly” and to travel east. One evacuation point for Louisville residents is the YMCA in Lafayette, Colo. The Flatirons Community Church will also be allowing people to rest at its Lafayette campus, though overnight stays will not be allowed.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wrote on Twitter, “Prayers for thousands of families evacuating from the fires in Superior and Boulder County. Fast winds are spreading flames quickly and all aircraft are grounded.”

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