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Sep 17, 2010 8:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Boulder wildfire expected to be Colorado's costliest

Insurance industry officials believe the fire that scorched about 6,200 acres west of Boulder will be the costliest in Colorado's history, surpassing the 2002 Hayman fire that blackened 138,000 acres.

Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association said Thursday that the wildfire will be the state's most destructive and expensive. Insurance adjusters are still counting the costs and have started writing checks to customers.

The fire in the foothills near Boulder started Sept. 6 and destroyed at least 166 homes. The blaze has been contained and residents have been allowed to return home.

A 740-acre burning in the foothills west of Loveland has been fully contained. All the evacuees have been cleared to go home.

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