As thousands of people waited to learn if their homes survived a raging Colorado wildfire, Dan Hackett hiked a second time behind roadblocks to make sure his house near Boulder was still standing.
Hackett, who lives in the mountain community of Gold Hill, said he watched his neighbor's home burn.
"The house 200 feet from my house is gone," Hackett said Wednesday after hiking two miles to learn his home was still standing. Others were expected to be able to check on their property Thursday when evacuation orders were set to be lifted in four neighborhoods in the foothills west of Boulder. News that some people will get to go home four days after the blaze erupted drew applause from the crowd of about 600 at a public meeting Wednesday night.
The wait will be longer for many of the 3,500 evacuated from about 1,000 homes. At least 135 of those homes have been destroyed, making the blaze one of the most destructive in Colorado's history.
That dire assessment came Wednesday, the same day firefighters were able to contain about 10 percent of the blaze that has scorched about 6,200 acres, or roughly 10 square miles. It was the first time officials reported being able to hold any part of the 20-mile-long fire perimeter.