Sep 7, 2010 10:31 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Firefighters counting burned homes in Boulder County

At sunrise, firefighters began the grim task of counting the number of homes lost in a wind-whipped wildfire Monday. They plan a news conference around 9 am when they'll reveal the extent of damage from an inferno that sent them scrambling for safety several times Monday afternoon and evening. At times erratic, 45-miles-per-hour wind gusts sent the fire in two directions at once.

Some of the firefighters on the fire lines have been released from their duties after learning that their own homes were lost in the wildfire.

No injuries have been reported.

The blaze broke out Monday morning in Four Mile Canyon northwest of Boulder and rapidly spread across 5½ square miles or 3,500 acres.

Crews managed to save the historic town of Gold Hill. But firefighters in the area had to relocate their engines and equipment several times to avoid the flames.

The winds pushed the fire through three canyons where pine trees have been left prone to fire by disease, drought and beetles.



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