Colorado

Sep 14, 2010 4:22 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Some Loveland fire evacuees allowed to check homes

Authorities battling a wildfire in the northern Colorado foothills are letting some residents back into the evacuation area to check on their homes.

Fire managers said Tuesday they hope the residents leave again by evening. But authorities have said they realize some people will stay, even though the fire isn't under control.

The fire west of Loveland has burned nearly 1,000 acres, or about 1½ square miles, and destroyed two homes. It's about 20 percent contained.

Investigators say it was accidentally started by two residents who were burning leaves, branches and other debris. Authorities say criminal charges are possible.

Last week, a wildfire near Boulder destroyed at least 166 homes and scorched at least 10 square miles.

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