At least 54 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire burning west of Boulder, Colorado, and eight people are unaccounted for, Boulder County Sheriff's Office Commander Rick Brough said Wednesday.
Authorities initially had 20 missing people reported, Brough said. Twelve of them have been located. Of those remaining, "many of those were people who did not evacuate," he said. Police were contacting their relatives and were also conducting welfare checks at their homes, Brough said.
The list of 54 homes was posted online Tuesday night. The list will be added to as authorities continue to assess damage left by the blaze.
"These addresses were determined from only 5 to 10 percent of the burned area, as that is the only area that could be safely surveyed on Tuesday," the list said.
An infrared flight allowed authorities to better map the fire, and its acreage has shrunk from the 7,100 acres reported earlier to 6,168 acres, said Laura McConnell with the Boulder County Incident Management Team. Twenty-four engines and 200 firefighters were on scene Wednesday, and several aircraft were also being used to battle the blaze, she said.