Officials preparing to help evacuees find homes |

Officials preparing to help evacuees find homes

Photo: RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

BOULDER, Colorado – Firefighters are still trying to gain the upper hand on a wildfire burning near Boulder.

But with dozens of homes destroyed, county officials are starting to make plans to help people who won’t have homes to return to once the fire is out.

So far, 53 homes have been confirmed destroyed but the figure is expected to rise as authorities survey more of the fire area.

The county is asking evacuated residents to let them know if they will need long-term housing assistance.

Spokesman Dan Rowland said Wednesday that some homeowners have offered to take people into their own homes or let them use homes that are vacant.

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