Sep 10, 2010 8:43 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Boulder residents warned of wildfire threat

Fire officials say Boulder isn't in imminent danger of a wildfire that has destroyed nearly 170 homes in the Rocky Mountain foothills. However, residents on the west side of Boulder were warned to be prepared to evacuate if the wildfire moves into town.

The fire showed no signs of relenting Thursday as wind gusts of more than 40 mph fueled fears the flames would move into the heart of Boulder.

Jim Thomas, the leader of the national team that took over management of the fire, says he's "not aware of any real threat" to the city, while warning conditions could change.

A containment line has been dug around 30 percent of the 10-square mile fire, although it's not continuous.

Thomas says he can't predict when the fire will be fully contained.


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