Firefighters Battle Hotspots At Sunshine Fire

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters continue to battle the Sunshine Fire in the foothills just west of Boulder, but all evacuations have been lifted.

The 62-acre wildfire started early Sunday morning in Sunshine Canyon and hundreds of residents had to evacuate.

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Copter4 image of the burn area Monday morning (credit: CBS)

The fire was 80 percent contained on Monday at noon but firefighters have a line around the entire fire. They are now mostly battling hotspots.

There was minimal spread of the fire overnight, thanks in part to no dramatic increase in wind gusts.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sunshine Fire

Although evacuated residents are now being allowed back to their homes, roads in Sunshine Canyon will remain closed to non-residents.

“We expect when we allow that re-entry to occur the mandatory evacuation order will be lifted completely. So if people live on the Boulder Canyon side of the fire they’ll be welcome to come in and go out. The only restrictions we’ll have are in Sunshine Canyon as far as residential access,” said Boulder County Sheriff Cmdr. Mike Wagner Monday morning approximately 90 minutes before the evacuation order was lifted.

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The burn area on Monday morning (credit: CBS)

The pre-evacuation status for residents was also rescinded at 10 a.m.

The aerial firefight continued Monday with a helicopter doing water drops.

There have been no reports of any injuries from the fire.

“When you’re 300 feet away … the wind would gust at times and could blow something over and turn the house pretty quick,” homeowner Fred Moore said.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the foothills of Larimer County, most of Boulder County, all of Jefferson County and the southwest portion of Douglas County on Monday.

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile), the deadliest (Storm King) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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