Firefighters near 100 percent containment on Cold Springs Fire

Boulder Canyon reopened Wednesday night
Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 00:40:23-04

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- Firefighters battling the costly Cold Springs Fire near Nederland have reached a milestone -- 80 percent containment of the wildfire. 

Since the fire sparked Saturday hundreds of firefighters have used resources each day to get the fire under control.

Wednesday night fire officials reopened Boulder Canyon because of the major progress crews have made containing the fire. 

People who live in Nederland lined the road to thank and cheer on firefighters who drove into town from the fire lines. 

"I have a lot of friends who are out there fighting the fire," said Bee Brogan, a Nederland resident. "So knowing that they get to come home and see their families is huge."

One lane of the road will be closed again Thursday as firefighters continue to put out hot spots. 

Officials say they hope to have the fire at 100 percent containment by late Thursday so visitors can return to Nederland. 

"They've had a little bit of a hit this week with traffic and the canyon being closed, and I think people ought to come up and buy a milkshake," said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. 

In total, the fire burned eight homes and several other outbuildings. Two suspects have been arrested on charges related to allegedly sparking the blaze. 


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