UPDATE: Check out the Four Mile Help Forum for more information on how you can help!
This link to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management lists the homes that have been compromised as a result of the FourMile Canyon Wild Fire and provides updates. Please check this if you live or have loved ones in the area!
On Tuesday, September 7, 2010, Governor Bill Ritter issued an emergency disaster declaration for the fire. $5 million in state aid is authorized to help pay for firefighting. Gov. Ritter also directed the state to seek additional funds from the Federal Government if necessary.
Yesterday, the fire had burned in excess of 7,100 acres, destroyed over 90 buildings and forced the evacuation of 3,500 residents from 1,000 homes. Many of these people don’t know whether or not their homes are still standing. The homes of nine volunteer firefighters have burned to the ground – a sad irony for the people who are risking their lives to save other peoples’ homes. Eight people are missing.
Help Victims of the Fourmile Canyon Wildfire
Concerned individuals can find out more via the following charities and organizations:
- Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline, which is supporting organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army is up and running. People can also call 866-760-6489. Volunteers can call Volunteer Connection at 303-444-4904.
- The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund can be contacted at 303-722-7474 or at http://www.northerncolorado.redcross.org
- A new emergency shelter is operating at the Boulder YMCA located at 2850 Mapleton Ave. The American Red Cross is providing food, water and insurance resources.
- Boulder County will have animal control officers on scene conducting animal evacuations when site access becomes available. Animal evacuation information can be obtained by calling 720-564-2942.
- The Longmont Humane Society (9595 Nelson Road, Longmont CO) is sheltering pets until their owners can claim them. For people who are currently in emergency shelters that do not allow pets, this affords them a safe place to keep their pets. Owners can walk and play with their pets at the shelter. The shelter is asking for donations of food, equipment, blankets and money to help pay for extra shelter staff. For more information, visit the website above.
- Livestock can be sheltered at Boulder County Fairgrounds: 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO.
History of the Wildfire
According to reports, the fire started burning around 10:30 AM, Monday, September 6th, 2010. Low humidity and wind caused flames to shoot 20-50 feet high and spread rapidly. Despite two aircraft tankers, each loaded with 2,000 gallons of fire retardant, the fire had tripled in size by September 7th. As of September 8th, no part of the fire has been contained.
Image courtesy of Denver Channel News