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Video: Firefighters struggle to squelch Colo. wildfire

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    MATT LAUER, co-host: Further west, firefighters in Boulder , Colorado , are struggling to gain control of a big wildfire burning in the foothills there. It's burned dozens of homes and forced thousands to flee. NBC 's Miguel Almaguer is in Boulder . He's got the latest on that situation. Miguel , good morning to you.

    MIGUEL ALMAGUER reporting: Matt , good morning to you. The Fourmile Canyon fire is described as both volatile and dangerous. It has claimed at least 92 structures. Nine of those are homes that belong to volunteer firefighters. This morning it's still burning out of control. There is no word on when firefighters may actually have this blaze contained. Fueled by thick brush, rugged terrain and bone-dry conditions, this blaze has swept across 7100 acres since it broke out Monday. Now, the governor declared a state of emergency. A thousand people, many of them frustrated, have been evacuated. More evacuations could come. Seventy subdivisions have been cleared of the fire's path. They're keeping a watchful eye on the blaze today, Matt. They're hoping air attacks can help slow it down over the next several hours. Firefighters are hoping for favorable wind conditions. Those, of course, are the big concerns for those crews on the front lines. Matt , back to you.

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  1. Fire fighters from Rosewood, North Dakota remove wood and debris from around a home in area of the Fourmile Canyon fire in Boulder, Colorado on September 9, 2010. The fire has destroyed over 100 homes and structures since Monday. (Mark Leffingwell / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. An old BMW motorcycle sits next to the road in front of a home that burned to the ground in Boulder, Colo on Thursday. (Mark Leffingwell / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Jeff Vescuso wipes the sweat from his face while cleaning brush from around a friend's house in the Boulder Heights neighborhood in Boulder, Colo. that was open to residents but later closed as winds picked up on Thursday. (Matt McClain / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A helicopter fills up with water at Wonderland Lake in the city of Boulder, Colorado on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Winds expected to reach 60 mph Thursday are forcing authorities to call off plans for residents to return to their homes after they fled a wildfire that has destroyed at least 169 houses near Boulder. (Cliff Grassmick / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Residents evacuated due to the wildfire near Boulder, Colo., talk about the ordeal before a community meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Dozens of homes have been destroyed. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A slurry bomber drops a load of retardant Wednesday on the fire zone near Boulder. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A home lies in ashes on Wednesday in the foothills near Boulder. (John Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. The wildfire outside of Boulder, Colo. spreads on Tuesday Sept. 7, to some 7,000 acres after starting just a day earlier. (Matt McClain / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Firefighters Tim O'Connor, left, and Scott Porter syphon water from a creek to fill their 1,000 gallon fire engine while fighting the Boulder-area fire on Tuesday. (Mark Leffingwell / The Boulder Daily Camera) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. These buses were destroyed when the fire passed through the tourist town of Gold HIll, Colo., on Tuesday. At one point the smoke plume from the fire could be seen in Wyoming, 90 miles to the north. (Eric Peter Abramson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A slurry bomber drops a load of fire suppressant near a threatened home outside Boulder on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, at least 53 homes had been destroyed. (Mark Leffingwell / The Boulder Daily Camera) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Julian Eagleheart and Judy Frey watch coverage of the fire Monday at a Colorado University building that was turned into a shelter. Both are residents of the mountains west of Boulder and evacuated due to the fire. (Paul Aiken / The Boulder Daily Camera) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Boulder County Sheriff's deputies stop people from driving Monday up a canyon road towards the fire. (Paul Aiken / The Boulder Daily Camera) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fire charges down toward the tourist town Gold Hill in the foothills outside Boulder on Monday. Most of the town was saved. (Greg Cortopassi / for The Boulder Daily Camera) Back to slideshow navigation
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