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Fire breaks out in Boulder just south of NCAR fire, but is quickly contained

A fire sparked in Boulder on Wednesday afternoon just south of the area burned by last month’s NCAR fire burn, but it was quickly contained by firefighters.

Less than an hour after alerting the public to the wildfire, Boulder Fire Rescue said that the “active fire has been put out.” Firefighters remain on scene to douse hot spots and work on reinforcing the fire’s perimeter.

Wednesday’s fire burned near the north fork of the Shanahan Ridge trailhead, according to Boulder Fire Rescue. The trailhead is off Lehigh Street and Lafayette Drive.

The NCAR fire was sparked on March 26 in open space area on the southwest side of Boulder. At one point the NCAR fire forced the evacuation of about 8,000 residences and about 19,400 people. The wind-whipped fire burned about 190 acres. No one was injured and residences were destroyed.

Trails in the area of the new fire were closed Wednesday and authorities said that anyone hiking or using the area was to leave immediately. The fire burned southwest of the Table Mesa neighborhood.

Wednesday’s fire burned less than an acre, firefighters said.

Eastern Boulder County on Wednesday is under a red flag warning because of fire concerns raised by strong winds and dry weather. No open burning is allowed anywhere in Boulder County.

The cause of the new fire is under investigation.

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