Firefighters ramped up their fight a 3,500-acre wildfire that has compulsory about 3,000 people to empty and shattered dozens of homes near Boulder, counting some that belonged to firefighters.
Peacemaker winds were in the forecast and authorities planned to put two to three times the amount of fire retardant from the air than they did Monday, when gusty winds beached air tankers for a great deal of the day, Boulder County sheriff's Cmdr. Rick Brough said.
Fire official said Monday that dozens of homes have been shattered, but Brough had no details Tuesday on precisely how many were lost.
The blaze broke out Monday morning in Four Mile Canyon northwest of Boulder and fast spread across 5 1/2 square miles or 3,500 acres. Erratic 45-mph gusts from time to time sent the fire in two directions at once. Brough said there is no sign it was deliberately set.