Boulder Fourmile Canyon fire containment date estimated as September 13, evacuee's car looted

The news from the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder keeps coming fast and furious. Authorities now predict that full containment won't be achieved until Monday, September 13 -- and there's also word that some scumbag stole about $1,500 worth of stuff from an evacuee's car. Details below:

Fourmile Canyon fire update, September 10:

General Information/Announcements:

Thomas' Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team took command of the fire at 6 p.m. last evening. Efforts are focused on coordinating with local agencies and the community to safely suppress the fire while ensuring the safety of the firefighters and general public, and to protect all structures within and adjacent to the fire. Firefighters spent a windy night extinguishing flare-ups near homes in the Sunshine Canyon area. Despite winds speeds in excess of 30 mph, the fire did not damage any homes or breach constructed fire lines. Gusty winds are expected again this afternoon.

Closures/Advisories/Evacuations:

Boulder County Sheriff's Office announced that they will begin allowing residents access to some homes beginning at 9 am today. More information is available at www. BoulderOEM.com, or by calling 720-564-2935.

Evacuations: Several subdivisions remain evacuated and road closures are in still effect. For a complete list of the areas affected visit www.BoulderOEM.com.

Closures: There is a forest closure in effect for the fire area. For a map and closure information visit:

Closure Order: http://go.usa.gov/xC4 Closure Map: http://go.usa.gov/xC2 .

Today's Activity:

Firefighters will continue to construct control lines especially in the Boulder Heights area and to patrol and reinforce existing control lines throughout the fire area. Firefighters and equipment will be staged in several areas to provide quick response to fire spread or new spots that may result from forecasted gusty winds. Aircraft are available to support firefighting needs on the ground.

Public Safety Message:

Residents and the general public are reminded to take responsibility for their safety by obeying fire area closures, evacuation orders, and roadblocks.

Quick Fire Facts:

Date started: September 6, 2010

Cause: Human (under investigation)

Location: 5 miles W of downtown Boulder, CO Size: 6,422 acres

Containment: 30%

Estimated Containment Date: September 13, 2010

Number of Personnel: 953 (15 crews) Aircraft: 5 helicopters

Equipment: 134 engines, 37 water tenders

Retardant: (156,012 gallons) cumulative

Cost to Date: $ 4,000,000

Injuries to Date: 3

Structures Lost/Damaged: 172 (169 residences)

City of Boulder release:

Thief breaks into Fourmile Canyon wildfire evacuee's car

Boulder police are investigating a vehicle trespass case involving a woman who was evacuated from her home as a result of the Fourmile Canyon fire in Boulder County. The woman was staying with a friend in the 2400 block of Bluff Street when someone broke into her vehicle and took items valued at approximately $1,500 including her tent, sleeping bag, about $600 in jewelry, personal checks, her passport and other sentimental items. The crime occurred between 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

There are no suspects at this time. Police are investigating the possibility that the incident is related to a similar one that occurred on the 2400 block of Bluff Street between 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Detectives are asking community members who have any information about these vehicle trespasses to contact them in the hopes of recovering the personal items belonging to the evacuee and the other victims. The case numbers for these two incidents are 10-11177 and 10-11088, respectively.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cmdr. Kim Stewart at 303-441-3368. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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