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Photos: Boulder air qualitythe fire from Flagtaff Mountainthe road blocked to Sunshine Canyonmedia staging areaand a series of shots showing an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter circling in to Wonderland Lake in Boulder to siphon 2500 gallons of water . The process takes about 45-seconds, and helicopters have been circling all day. Credit: Ellen Mahoney.

Fire officials say crews battling a blaze in Boulder County are watchful over other hazards such as rattlesnakes, downed power lines, and combustible propane tanks as they fight a wildfire that’s destroyed dozens of homes near Boulder…and, Colorado health officials say the state’s suicide rate for 2009 is the highest its been in 20 years.

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Click for more coverage of the Fourmile Fire from Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister stations KGNU and KUNC. The Boulder Daily Camera also has this list of updates.

 

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