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Firefighters battle a small wildfire west of Settler’s Park on Monday in Boulder.  (Boulder Fire-Rescue / Courtesy photo)
Firefighters battle a small wildfire west of Settler’s Park on Monday in Boulder. (Boulder Fire-Rescue / Courtesy photo)
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Boulder investigators said they did not find any evidence of a campfire or cooking fire at the site of a wildfire above Settler’s Park, but they believe the blaze was human caused.

The fire started Monday evening and grew to almost an acre with flames 2 to 3 feet high before fire crews were able to contain it. The Knollwood neighborhood was put on pre-evacuation status, but no structures were ultimately threatened.

Boulder Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said investigators did not find any evidence of a campfire or cooking fire on site. However, Aulabaugh said investigators determined the fire “was clearly a human start, as there was no natural phenomena that would have produced an ignition.”

No suspects have been identified at this time.

Western Boulder County has been under Level 2 fire restrictions since July 10, and on Aug. 20 the state issued a statewide fire restriction. The county’s fire restriction prohibits building fires on private and public land, including charcoal grills and barbecues, using fireworks, shooting firearms, operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arrester, using explosives, welding outdoors and driving off established roads, according to the county.

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