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  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    A single engine air tanker drops water on the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    From left to right Laura Tyson, Tod Smith and Rebecca Caldwell, residents of Eldorado Springs, watch as the NCAR fire burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    A single engine air tanker flies above the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    A helicopter flies above the smoke from the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    The NCAR fire burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    Fire engines drive along Highway 93 head to help fight the NCAR fire burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    A burned home from the Marshall Fire sits in the foreground as the NCAR fire burns in the background as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    Oliver Hendrickson, who works the The Shambhava Yoga Ashram near Eldorado Springs, takes pictures from his car of the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    The National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, can be seen in the smoke from the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the center in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    A helicopter flies above the smoke from the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Cliff Grassmick, Boulder Daily Camera

    The sun is obscured by heavy smoke from the NCAR Fire on Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Boulder.

  • Cliff Grassmick, Boulder Daily Camera

    The NCAR fire seen from Fairview High School on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    A Single Engine Air Tanker flies above the smoke from the NCAR fire as it burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Cliff Grassmick, Boulder Daily Camera

    The NCAR Fire on Saturday, March 26, 2022, in southwest Boulder as seen from Fairview High School.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    Fire engines pass Colorado State Patrol officers as they drive along Highway 93 head to help fight the NCAR fire burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    Boulder County Sheriff deputies keep the road closed at Highway 93 and Eldorado Spring Drive as the NCAR fire burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

  • Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

    People watch as the NCAR fire burns in the foothills south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on March 26, 2022.

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Firefighters in the air and on the ground battled a 122-acre wildfire that broke out near the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on a windy Saturday afternoon, threatening neighborhoods on the southwestern edge of the city and forcing more than 19,000 people to evacuate.

The wildfire, which came less than three months after the deadly Marshall fire burned more than 1,000 homes in Boulder County, had not destroyed any structures or led to any injuries by Saturday evening, authorities said.

Firefighters had not achieved any containment, but by nightfall were expressing optimism that a shift in the weather would bring favorable conditions overnight. Officials hoped to be able to lift some evacuations later Saturday night.

Winds were expected to die down overnight, with relative humidity increasing and temperatures dropping — all weather characteristics that will help the fire to clam down, said Brian Oliver, wildland division chief with Boulder Fire Rescue.

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