By Kelly Werthmann
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Strong winds fueled a small grass fire Friday in Boulder County, which charred 27 acres before it was contained.
The fire started at 11:30 a.m. Friday near Highway 128 in Broomfield and moved into Superior, growing within a few feet of homes.
“It was surreal,” Marcus Cassar, who watched the flames move close to his house, told CBS4. “I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
Cassar was at school when he got a call from a friend telling him about the fire. He quickly rushed home to help his mom who was using a garden hose to dampen the grass in their backyard.
“Luckily the wind was blowing in the opposite way, so that kind of held it back a little,” Cassar told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann.
More than 50 firefighters from eight districts battled the intense flames, but the whipping winds proved to be the biggest fight.
“It’s gusting, sometimes laying low, so the fire will respond to that accordingly,” said Michelle Kelly, Division Chief with Rocky Mountain Fire. “It’ll change directions, it’ll change the fire’s height, the flame length, and so as it gets to different fuels, it’ll respond differently.”
Cassar is thankful firefighters were able to get the fire contained before it reached any homes.
“It’s just incredible firefighters were able to stop it in time,” he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Kelly Werthmann joined the CBS4 team in 2012 as the morning reporter, covering national stories like the Aurora Theater Shooting and devastating Colorado wildfires. She now reports for CBS4 News at 10 and is always open to story ideas. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @KellyCBS4.