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Residents Return Home After Fleeing Latest Colorado Wildfire

Firefighters' vehicles sit as a wildfire burns near the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. The fire, which started Saturday, is 35 percent contained and most evacuation orders have been lifted for the residents of nearby housing developments in the south end of Boulder. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Firefighters' vehicles sit as a wildfire burns near the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. The fire, which started Saturday, is 35 percent contained and most evacuation orders have been lifted for the residents of nearby housing developments in the south end of Boulder. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP) -- Nearly 20,000 people who were forced to flee a wildfire in northern Colorado were back home Monday after firefighters were able to stop the spread of the fire at 190 acres (77 hectares).

The fire that broke out Saturday in the rolling hills near Boulder burned to within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of homes on the west end of the college town, near the area where more than 1,000 homes were destroyed by a wildfire pushed by strong winds in late December. This time, winds did not prevent aircraft from being used and they were able to lay down lines of fire retardant near homes.