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Nederland man thanks firefighters for saving his home from the Cold Springs Fire

Flames burned dangerously close to his home
Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 00:23:33-04

Darrin Harris Frisby doesn't have to look far to know how lucky he is.

"There are some things in life you just can’t imagine, one of them is coming home and seeing your house [after a fire]," he described in a cell phone video he posted to his Facebook page.

Frisby was one of the nearly 2,000 people forced to evacuate Saturday because of the Cold Springs Fire. On Sunday, he hiked in to check on his home on Sky West Drive and recorded cell phone video showing just how close the flames crept to his home.

"Hundred foot flames, bulldozers, fire slurry bombers, helicopters, hot shot crews, everybody was bringing to bare their skills on my house and saving it," Frisby said.

Their efforts paid off.  The fire burned a few yards from his home, and even destroyed a couple homes in his neighborhood, but miraculously didn't damage his property.  

Cell phone video shows smoke rising just beyond his property, which he said he did fire mitigation on just two weeks ago.

"Smoky yes, but my yard was perfect and everything was fine more or less.  I walked 100 yards up the road and everything was gone, total apocalypse," Frisby said.

Now, Frisby is thanking the fire crews who came from all over the country to help battle the blaze.

"Blessed, thank you for all your prayers," he said.

On Tuesday night about 1,200 people remained evacuated from their homes.  The Boulder County Sheriff said he hopes they will be able to return home within a week.