Boulder Fourmile Canyon fire update: Burned acres double -- see videos, structure list here

Categories: News

helicopter filling with water to fight fourmile canyon fire in boulder september 2010.JPG
Filling up.
The fight against the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder is far from won. Since our last update on the blaze, says Boulder County public information officer Mike Banuelos, the size of the fire has more than doubled, and so have the manpower resources being deployed to battle it. Get an update on that, plus see a list of addresses where structures have burned and local videos below.

At this writing, Banuelos says, the acreage destroyed is estimated at 7,100 acres, from around 3,500 acres yesterday morning. Likewise, the number of firefighters working the conflagration, which Banuelos put at more than 100 as of mid-morning yesterday, "has grown to more than 200 firefighters as of 4:25 yesterday afternoon," he says. "That's from at least 35 local, regional and national agencies."

The size of that deployment speaks to what a high priority Fourmile has become.

In the meantime, the shelter for displaced residents, who number in the thousands, was changed yesterday from the Coors Events Center to the Boulder YMCA, 2850 Mapleton Avenue -- a decision likely made because only twelve people stayed at Coors on Monday night. But that number could grow, given that there's no time frame at this point for people to return to their homes and the fire is 0 percent contained at present.

In regard to the number of destroyed structures, latest reports put the total at 92, but specifics are lacking on almost half that number. As of this writing, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management list of impacted addresses stands at just over fifty. Ominously, the office notes that these structures are from "only 5-10% of the burned area."

Page down to see the OEM address list as of 7 a.m., plus more local videos of the Fourmile fire and the efforts to snuff it out.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault