Haystack fire near Boulder now 87% contained

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An aerial image of the Haystack fire. 

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The Haystack fire near Boulder and Basin is now at 24,011 acres and 87% contained, fire officials said Thursday.

They said fire activity Wednesday consisted primarily of backing and creeping, although there were some areas within the fire area that showed periods of moderate activity.

Crews monitored fire activity in the areas of Porcupine Gulch, Berrys Meadows and Tim’s Meadows. The fire activity did not require any bucket drops Wednesday.

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The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 31.

As fire crews increase the percentage level of completion, more of the fire perimeter moves into a patrol and monitor status. The eastern flank of the fire (the side closest to the town of Boulder) is in this patrol and monitor status as fire leaders have seen very little fire activity recently.

With the change in weather and reduced fire activity, crews will begin repairing damage caused during suppression actions, U.S.

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