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Sep 7, 2010 8:06 AM by Elaine Sheridan, Ariel Mata, Stephanie Collins, Sharon Knight

Update: Fourmile Canyon Fire west of Boulder grows to 3,500 acres

About 3,500 acres have burned, roughly a dozen structures have burned and hundreds are threatened as a wind-driven wildfire continues to burn in the Fourmile Canyon area west of Boulder.

The fire started around 10 a.m. Monday.

Boulder County Emergency Management says roughly a dozen structures have been burned and more are threatened by the flames.  The structures range from homes to out buildings.  A fire truck has also been burned in the fire.

Four fire fighters were released from their duties after finding out that their homes had burned in the blaze.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the area of Dixon Road and Gold Run Road. The Gold Hill Evacuation is under an evacuation order.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the University of Colorado-Boulder Coors Events Center, North Boulder Recreation Center, the Nederland Community Center and New Vista High School in Boulder. The Boulder County Fairgrounds is set up to accept large animals that were evacuated and the Longmont Humane Society is also taking in some animals.

State and federal requests for additional help have been granted.  Four more aerial tankers are being brought in today.  That brings the total of aerial support vehicles to seven.

Authorities say it has been a struggle to transport water up to the area.

Because the fire is moving so fast, authorities say it has been hard for firefighters to get ahead of the fire and create breaks.

So far, 100 fire fighters and 35 agencies have been working the blaze.  Colorado Springs Fire Department crews are on stand by.  Pueblo has not been called to help at this time.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

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