Cold Springs Fire

July 13 update: Firefighters are getting a handle on the Cold Springs Fire

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A fire truck drives through a police checkpoint near Nederland's Barker Reservoir while the Cold Springs Fire is being fought nearby. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A fire truck drives through a police checkpoint near Nederland's Barker Reservoir while the Cold Springs Fire is being fought nearby. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The wildfire burning north of Nederland remained stable in size on Tuesday, and some residents of evacuated neighborhoods were allowed to return to their homes.

Firefighters have basically stopped the fire from expanding on its western side, achieving 25% “containment,” according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

At least eight homes have been destroyed, most in deeply wooded areas. Xcel Energy has started returning power to the hundreds of people still lacking it.

The number of firefighters on the scene has been reduced significantly, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. There are still dozens of structures within the fire zone; firefighters are clearing out wide areas to protect them, the Camera reports.

The Camera has images of the damage left behind by the fire – check out the gallery here.

Two men have been arrested on suspicions they left the campfire that started the wildfire.

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