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Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51, low of 30. Winds 20-28 mph, with 41 mph gusts.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high of 56, low of 30. Winds 30-33 mph, with 50 mph gusts.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy with a high near 49 and a low of 30.

Winds as high as 84 mph swept across Boulder County on Saturday, fueling brush fires in the foothills, blowing down power lines and canceling the Farmers Market after a woman was hit in the head by a tree limb.

A fire that started at 44 Deer Trail Road near the intersection with Lee Hill Road northwest of Boulder prompted evacuations at about 10 a.m.

Officials made 163 evacuation calls to residents within a one-mile radius, including Boulder Heights and Carriage Hills Estates, and closed Lee Hill Drive at Olde Stage Road. The evacuation was lifted at 12:20 p.m.

The blaze, which officials said was between a half-acre and 2 acres in size, burned a garage and a vehicle. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brian Doubleday, owner of the house at 44 Deer Trail Road, said he was in Denver when he got a call from his stepdaughter saying she had heard about the fire over the radio. Doubleday said he was told the three-car garage was destroyed, but he was grateful his house was spared.


"It was only 30 feet away, and with these winds ..." he said, praising the fire crew's efforts. "It really is a miracle."

Gusts of 84 mph were recorded in Lyons, while Boulder saw gusts of 71 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Boulder police responded to downed power lines, small grassfires and debris blowing into traffic.

A Boulder County sheriff’s deputy talks with motorists at Lee Hill Drive near Olde Stage Road on Saturday while fire crews control a fire on Deer
A Boulder County sheriff's deputy talks with motorists at Lee Hill Drive near Olde Stage Road on Saturday while fire crews control a fire on Deer Trail Drive. ( Joshua Buck/Times-Call )

Sgt. Dave Seper of the Boulder Police Department said a trailer was blown over on North Foothills Highway, but no serious injuries were reported. The organizers of the Boulder Farmers Market canceled Saturday's market at about 11 a.m. after a woman was hit in the head by a tree limb. She was transported to Boulder Community Hospital but was later released with no serious injuries, according to Seper.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office issued an emergency burn ban effective until noon Sunday for the entire county.

John Benson, chief of the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District, said recent snow as well as fire mitigation efforts in the area helped slow the fire northwest of Boulder. And fire crews were prepared to respond, he said, after seeing high winds in the forecast.

"It could have been a lot worse," Benson said. "We were anticipating this wind, so we prepared overnight and we were able to react."

Kris Pirtle, who lives on Deer Trail Road, said he got a call from his neighbor telling him the area was being evacuated.

"It was frightening," he said, as he was waiting to drive back to his house. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt."

Another fire was reported Saturday in Fourmile Canyon, but no structures were threatened.

The high winds are expected to continue, with gusts as high as 41 mph Sunday and as high as 50 mph Monday.

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