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Boulder fire started near hiking trail and two campfire pits

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

Friday’s Dome fire which caused the evacuation of west Boulder neighborhoods most likely started in an area near two campfire pits and a heavily used hiking on Boulder Open Space and Mountain Park property, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said today.

As of noon, the fire has been 90 percent contained, said Commander Rick Brough of the Boulder Sheriff’s Department.

Brough said there will probably be 100 percent containment by this evening.

About 50 firefighters are continuing mop-up operations today. Two hand crews are being assisted by personnel from a number of fire protection districts.

Brough said the investigation into the fire is continuing. However, he added that fire officials are confident that the fire was the result of human activity in the Boulder Open Space which is heavily used by hikers.

Read more: Sheriff’s office: Boulder fire started near hiking trail and two campfire pits – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16492168#ixzz143vrK4lg


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