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Oct 30, 2010 8:04 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Update: Crews battling fire in Boulder County mountains

Crews battling a 144-acre wildfire west of Boulder are hoping they'll get some help from calmer winds and higher humidity.

 Hundreds of people in the west part of Boulder and in the mountains west of the city left their homes when two fires started Friday.

The fires have merged into one. No buildings have burned.

Concerns about high winds spreading the flames prompted the evacuation of the homes of 1,700 people in Boulder and nearly 140 homes in three mountain subdivisions.

 The blaze is near an area where a wildfire burned almost 10 square miles and 169 homes last month.

About 200 firefighters are expected on the new fire Saturday. An airplane and helicopter will be used to drop more fire retardant and water.

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