Sep 8, 2010 10:10 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Colorado Springs Emergency Management is sending staff to Boulder County this morning to help bone-weary staffers there deal with day three of a wildfire that's leveled nearly 100 homes and other structures.
Bret Waters, Director of CSEM received the request Tuesday afternoon. He committed the staff without hesitation.
Fire crews from El Paso County left before dawn Tuesday to join the battle against flames that roared through homes and cabins Monday.
A government website Tuesday night listed the addresses of 53 homes destroyed, but cautioned that the list was based on a survey of only 5 to 10 percent of the burned area.
None of the roughly 3,000 people forced out of their homes likely will be allowed to return for at least two days.
Authorities say the fire that's burned 7,100 acres or more than 11 square miles in the foothills west of Boulder isn't contained at all. At least 300 firefighters are fighting the fire.
Authorities are investigating reports that the fire started when a car ran into a propane tank.
A news conference updating progress on battling the fire will be held at 9 am. View the news conference live on News First Now.