Cold Springs Fire

July 14 update: Firefighters are close to beating the Cold Springs Fire in Nederland

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Colorado Mounted Rangers block highway 119 near Nederland's Barker Reservoir, keeping unauthorized people from getting too close to the Cold Springs Fire. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Colorado Mounted Rangers block Highway 119 near Nederland's Barker Reservoir, keeping unauthorized people from getting too close to the Cold Springs Fire. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nederland is slowly returning to its own special kind of normal.

The Cold Springs Fire is at least 80 percent contained, and is expected to hit 100 percent today, which would mean that firefighters have it completely surrounded and controlled, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. About 530 acres burned in all.

A total of eight homes were destroyed, and some families are still looking for animals (like Geno the St. Bernard) and possessions. You can make financial donations at ColdSpringsFireFund.org.

Boulder Canyon Drive, the main road from Boulder, is fully reopen to traffic, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office expects all residents will be  able to return to their homes by tonight. (The Boulder Daily Camera has nice photos of people returning.)

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