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Update: Nearly 1,000 homes burned in Colorado wildfire

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Nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed, hundreds more were damaged, and three people are missing in a Colorado wildfire, a Colorado official said.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle also said Saturday that investigators are still trying to find the cause of the blaze that erupted Thursday. Officials had previously estimated at least 500 homes were destroyed and said two people were missing.

The wind-whipped wildfire charred entire neighborhoods in a suburban area between Denver and Boulder and left thousands of people trying to salvage what belongings they could from the fast-moving blaze.

Authorities had said earlier no one was missing in the area hit by Thursday's blaze, but Boulder County spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said Saturday they were now trying to find two people who were later reported as unaccounted for after sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and other officials located hundreds of people who initially were reported missing. She declined to provide details on the two, where they were last seen, or efforts to find them, and attributed the error to confusion inherent when agencies are scrambling to manage an emergency.


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