Hundreds of Colorado Fire Evacuees Return Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - As firefighters inch closer to fully containing the wildfire that has burned 10 square miles near Boulder, Colo., hundreds of residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

The fire destroyed at least 166 homes and some residents could see little more than ruins. One woman, who couldn't reach her home because the road was still blocked, examined it through a telescope instead and likened it to a nuclear disaster.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze, and they aren't commenting on a Denver Post report that the blaze may have started in a fire pit.

The newspaper quoted an unidentified senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.

Firefighting operations are being scaled back and some crews are being relieved, but crews are still working to snuff out smoldering hot spots.

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