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Sep 10, 2010 10:00 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

No new Boulder evacuations; strong winds in forecast

Crews are monitoring hot spots at the wildfire burning near Boulder amid concerns that strong winds could fan the flames and send them into the city.

City officials had urged roughly 9,000 residents Thursday afternoon to prepare to evacuate at a moment's notice because of conditions that were ripe for fire - low humidity and strong winds. But there haven't been any evacuations so far.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin said wind gusts in the fire area reached 67 mph, but winds died down around midnight as a cold front moved in from Wyoming.

More strong winds are expected to move in Friday afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph are expected in the fire area.

At least 169 homes have been destroyed in the wildfire.

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