Second Colo fire erupts, destroys at least 1 home

LOVELAND — Hundreds of people were out of their homes today after another wildfire broke out and quickly spread in the foothills in northern Colorado.

Air tankers that had been fighting a blaze that destroyed at least 166 homes west of Boulder were brought in to help slow the spread of the latest fire, which has burned about 600 acres — about a square mile — about 35 miles to the north.

The fire near Loveland destroyed one home. Merlin Green, the division chief for Loveland Fire and Rescue, said firefighters were fortunate that the tankers and other resources used to fight the first fire — among the worst in Colorado’s history — were available.

“It certainly could have been a lot worse,” said Green, who hoped those tankers would once again be able to drop fire retardant on the blaze today.

The fire also destroyed four outbuildings and an RV, but no injuries have been reported. The blaze was 10 percent contained by Monday morning, officials said. A grayish haze hung over the city, partially obscuring the view of the foothills.

The blaze broke out just as residents who lost homes in the fire near Boulder were able to return to their scorched homes.


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