The Haystack Fire could be seen torching patches of forest in great balls of flame just southwest of Boulder Wednesday evening, but firefighters managed, with the aid of helicopters dropping buckets of water, to keep growth to just 55 acres that day.
The Haystack Fire burns the forested hills behind the Boulder Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Boulder Wednesday evening. Fire crews have set up camp on the grounds, and Great Basin Team 4 assumed command of the fire Wednesday.
The fire, which doubled in size over this past weekend during high winds, was at 10,955 acres as of Thursday morning.
The fire was started by lightning on July 31.
Firefighters Wednesday prepped containment lines along the fire’s northeastern edge in preparation to burn out unburned pockets of vegetation along the north fork of the Little Boulder River along Forest Road 638.
The Haystack Fire burns the forested hills southwest of Boulder on Wednesday evening. The fire was at 10,955 acres as of Thursday morning.