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Boulder Fourmile Canyon fire update: 140 structures burned, red flag warning, new videos

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"We have a wind event coming in at six o'clock tonight -- a red flag warning. And we have hot, dry weather before then. The fuels in the fire area are going to dry out today when the sun really starts shining on it, and the small amount of rain that occurred on the fire yesterday didn't have that large an impact. There's still a pretty good potential for fire spread."

Nonetheless, some residents in evacuated areas on the east side of the conflagration -- the subdivisions of Boulder Heights, Pine Brook Hills and Carriage Hills -- will be able to return to their homes after 10 a.m. today.

Huele notes that residents may have to pull out again if conditions change, but "we feel confident that the areas will be secure for any visitors. The areas we have concern about will still not be open to the public."

He also has a warning for residents who've snuck past roadblocks to access off-limits sections: "People think they know how to get out of there safely, but fires can be very unpredictable."

This one certainly has been.

To get on an e-mail list to receive the latest fire information, send a request to [email protected]. More information is also at this website: www.inciweb.org.

In the meantime, look below and page down to see some of the latest videos from the scene:

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