Boulder fire still ablaze

Sep 082010
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

With an uncontained fire burning across the outskirts of Boulder, many are wondering if it could spread to Larimer County, but the Colorado State Forest Service doesn’t seem to think so.

“I’d say that’s a very low likelihood,” said Greg Zausen, forester for the CSFS.

The fire started Monday due to dry conditions, high temperatures and powerful winds and is still not contained. It has damaged 140 houses thus far.

While there were initially 20 people missing, 16 have been found.

Fire crews are working around the clock hoping to contain the fire by using heavy tankers to drop suppressors as well as creating fire breaks to stop it from traveling any further. No progress has been made thus far.

Smoke is starting to drift away from the flames and could travel into other countries, including Larimer. Health officials warn that those who have respiratory illness or asthma will be affected the most.

“People who are already more susceptible are going to be affected more with a compromised immune system,” said Jim Graham, director of Environmental Health Services.

Officials don’t think the smoke will spread to Fort Collins, but in the case that it does, those with respiratory illness are advised to stay indoors, said Jane Viste, public information officer for Larimer County’s Department of Health and Environment.

The fumes have not yet affected CSU, and no students have sought treatment at Hartshorn Health Center, said Dell Rae Moellenberg, spokeswoman for the university.

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