Federal authorities will reportedly take over efforts on Tuesday to control a stubborn wildfire burning along Colorado's highly-populated Front Range region, a day after the fire began outside of Boulder.
Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle, speaking to the Denver Post, says while regional organizations will assist in fire-fighting efforts, "we have literally exhausted our local resources."
According to local media in Boulder, the fire has burned at least 3,500 acres of land while forcing the evacuation of more than 3,500 people. Some regional schools have been closed and emergency centers set up for those fleeing the fire. The evacuees have reportedly been told they won't be able to return home for at least three nights. Several homes have been destroyed, but so far no casualties have been reported.
Several dozen fire departments and agencies are attempting to control the fire, which began Monday morning in a canyon northwest of Boulder, home to the University of Colorado's flagship school.
Aerial firefighting efforts have been hampered by high winds and dense smoke, but by Tuesday had begun to gain momentum.
White, dense smoke from the fire could be seen across Denver and out into Colorado's eastern plan. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.