New Fire Hits Colorado as Evacuees Return
Another square mile catches fire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2010 7:02 AM CDT
A fire truck drives past a home destroyed by the Fourmile Canyon fire in Sunshine Canyon, west of Boulder, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – A new wildfire tore through northern Colorado yesterday, forcing hundreds of residents to flee and destroying one home just as residents 35 miles away returned to their scorched homes in Boulder after one of the worst fires in state history. The wildfire near Loveland quickly grew from just a few acres to about a square mile yesterday. By evening, it was pulling some of the resources from the fire in the foothills of Boulder that burned 10 square miles and destroyed 166 homes.

The fire has also destroyed four outbuildings and an RV, but no injuries have been reported, according to a local fire chief. Officials say the blaze is about 10% contained. Meanwhile, hundreds of Boulder residents evacuated by the wildfire that has burned in rugged terrain since Sept. 6 were returning to their scorched homes. "We found grandma's sterling, melted together," said one woman shifting through the ashes of her house. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.