Boulder County crews responding to two grass fires

Boulder County emergency crews are responding to a grass fire near Altona that has forced a closure of U.S. 36.

The fire was reported near North Foothills Highway and Middle Fork Road.

No size estimate was available at this time, but structures were reportedly threatened according to police radio traffic.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said U.S. 36 is closed between Nebo Road and Ute Highway as a result of the fire.

While the cause has not been officially confirmed, the sheriff’s office said the initial call was that the fire was caused by a downed power line.

The Middle Fork fire is just one of several grass fires started Thursday in Boulder County due to downed lines.

The first fire was reported in the 5500 block of Broadway sometime after 10 a.m. Boulder County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said the fire reached about an acre in size but is now contained, and no structures were damaged.

The third fire was in the 1100 block of Cascade Drive in Boulder, and was reportedly caused by a downed power line in the backyard of a home. Boulder-Fire spokeswoman Marya Washburn said that fire was knocked down and crews are on scene waiting for electrical crews to deal with the downed line.

Emergency crews are now responding to a grass fire near Marshall Road and Colo. 93. No size estimate was available on that fire.

This is a developing story.

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