Firefighters Gain Ground On Wildfire Near Denver

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Thousands of evacuated residents of Boulder County, Colo., have been allowed to return to their homes.

Firefighters took advantage of slowing winds overnight to partially contain a wildfire near Denver that destroyed two houses and several outbuildings.

Crews have contained about 30 percent of the 3,700-acre fire zone about 25 miles northwest of Denver and hope to fully encircle it later today.

Officials say at least 1,300 homes were evacuated and two were destroyed. The county fire commander estimates that within the 3,700-acre fire zone, about 1,400 acres have actually burned.

The cause of the fire, which started yesterday, is under investigation. Officials believe high wind gusts likely downed power lines.

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