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Colorado fire evacuees allowed back home

The Associated Press
March 20, 2017 05:08 PM

Hundreds of residents have been allowed to return to their homes in the foothills near Boulder, Colorado, as firefighters make progress against a wildfire possibly sparked by transient campers in the area.

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The fire was burning on about 70 acres just west of downtown and is about 50 percent contained. Boulder County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Wagner says investigators are working to pinpoint where the fire started.

It broke out Sunday in a wooded, mountainous place a couple of miles from Pearl Street, the shopping and dining hub in the heart of the university city. Officials ruled out any lightning strikes or downed power lines.

Another wildfire in the county was accidentally started last year by two men camping in the mountains who didn't fully put out their campfire. It destroyed eight homes.

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