New blaze breaks out in mountains west of Boulder |

New blaze breaks out in mountains west of Boulder

BOULDER – A swift attack by air and ground crews had fire officials predicting that a 10-acre wildfire that broke out in the mountains west of Boulder would be contained late Friday.

The fire that quickly spread among treetops started near where an earlier blaze blackened nearly 10 square miles and destroyed at least 166 homes. The larger fire that started Sept. 6 was contained earlier this week and the last of thousands of people forced out of their homes returned.

Three subdivisions three miles northeast of Nederland were evacuated for nearly two hours Friday. Barb Halpin of the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said automated calls to alert residents were made to about 465 homes.

Air tankers and helicopters dropped water and retardant on the fire, which was 60 percent contained by 6:40 p.m. Roughly 80 firefighters were at the fire.

Crews and equipment used on the previous wildfire and another one west of Loveland were still around. A 750-acre fire that erupted Sunday near Loveland was contained Thursday and about 100 people were allowed to go home.

Both fires were human caused. The cause of Friday’s fire was unknown. The blaze broke out about three miles from the area burned by the larger wildfire.

No structures burned.

The dry conditions that helped fuel the wildfires have led Colorado land managers along the east side of the Rockies to ban or restrict outdoor fires. Several national forests, counties and cities have approved restrictions.

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