Blaze near Boulder ravages 3,500 acres, firefighters’ homes

Blaze near Boulder ravages 3,500 acres, firefighters’ homes

07 September 2010

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USA — Wildfire fanned by heavy wind charred more than 3,500acres and an untold number of structures in the foothills west of Boulder on Monday, including the homes of four firefighters.

Laura McConnell, spokeswoman for the countywide coalition of fire departments tackling the blaze, said the four firefighters had been relieved of duty.

“We ask that you keep these people in your thoughts,” she said of all those who had lost property. No injuries to residents or fire crews had been reported.

More than 35 fire departments and agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado State Forest Service, responded to the blaze, which started about 10 a.m. Monday in the 7100 block of Fourmile Canyon Road, about 6 miles northwest of Boulder, Boulder County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Rick Brough said.

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