September 9th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Firefighters fear fresh winds in battling Boulder wildfire

The weather has helped firefighters make progress against a raging wildfire in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado, but high winds forecast for Thursday could whip up the blaze again, authorities said.

The fire had destroyed 169 homes and three other buildings by Thursday morning, but cloud cover, lower temperatures and a bit of rain helped firefighters contain about 30 percent of the fire, sheriff's deputies and emergency management officials announced. There have been no deaths or injuries, and four people who had been listed as unaccounted for earlier Thursday have been contacted and are unhurt, Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr. Rick Brough said.

But firefighters warned that forecast gusts of up to 20 mph Thursday and 30 mph Friday could spread the nearly 6,400-acre blaze in the Fourmile Canyon area west of Boulder.

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  1. David

    Lots of resources for tracking the fire at allhazards.blogspot.com

    September 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mymm Ackley

    I used to live in Boulder–had been there for almost 50 years!–but had to relocate about 10 years ago as I could no longer afford it. I have missed my home town and culture SO MUCH - particularly knowing as a retired teacher I could never afford to return. Now I'm wondering if maybe I was lucky to get OUT of there when I did and move to much more affordable and less scenic (read mountains) Pueblo??!!!I I just hope the fire doesn't sweep down Mapleton Hill–where I lived as a girl. That would be so tragic...am hoping and praying there'll be a break in the wind....

    September 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |