Residents of several Boulder County subdivisions were evacuated from their homes on Thursday afternoon as a precaution after new developments in the Fourmile Canyon Fire.
A red-flag warning issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday predicted high winds and low humidity in areas of northwest Colorado, which could cause the fire to spread.
Many residents of the subdivisions were given access to their homes at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, only to be re-evacuated that afternoon due to the possibility of 50 mile-per-hour winds later that evening.
â€œWeâ€™re anticipating a wind event that has been worse than we anticipated,â€ said Greg Heule, a public information officer trainee at the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team.
According to Heule, about 700 firefighters from across Colorado have been helping in the endeavor to contain the fire while 300 more were expected to join the effort by Thursday night.
The fire, which started on Monday, has destroyed 172 structures, covers 6,365 acres and has yet to be contained, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team.
Gov. Bill Ritter declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, authorizing $5 million for firefighting costs. An extra $200,000 was authorized on Thursday for non-firefighting costs.
While help from the National Guard has not been requested yet, itâ€™s a possibility.
â€œObviously we will be watching fire and weather conditions very closely tonight and tomorrow morning, and if we have to activate the National Guard, we will,â€ said Evan Dreyer, Ritterâ€™s spokesman.
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