Colorado

Sep 7, 2010 11:27 PM by Jeannette Hynes

92 structures destroyed in Boulder County fire

The nightly briefing on the Fourmile Canyon Fire burning west of Boulder has finished.

The fire that started Monday morning has burned 7,100 acres with that number likely to increase by the morning. Ninety-two structures are destroyed and eight damaged. Two hot shot crews are making containment lines. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports the fire started when a car crashed into a propane tank, causing the tank to rupture and catch fire.

Tuesday afternoon, the fire was moving northeast and southeast, but the Boulder County Sheriff's Office says no homes in the Boulder Heights or Pine Brook Hills areas have been lost.

A Type II fire management team is now in place, and a Type I management team could be in place by Wednesday. What this means is that national resources are being put on this fire, and because the fire is active and complex, a team of experts are now in place to put together game plans.

Many of the 3,500 people in Boulder County who have had to evacuate their homes because of the Fourmile Canyon fire say they're frustrated not knowing if their home stands or if it has been destroyed.

"It's not easy," says Ian Stewart, who evacuated Monday afternoon.

Many people find themselves looking at the fire from afar and relying on friends and neighbors for a place to sleep.

"We have five evacuees in this house, the two home owners, and four freaked out dogs," says Marco Montanari.

They watch the smoke billow over the ridge, dangerously close to the homes they left.

"One of the Sheriff's officers at the bottom of the hill confirms that the fire had gone a mile below where we are in the canyon and our fingers are tightly crossed that that's as close as it got," says Stewart.

The aerial attack kicked into high gear Tuesday afternoon after a weather delay, making significant progress on the firefight.

Helicopters dropped water and at least seven planes dropped fire retardant until nightfall. They'll pick up again Wednesday morning if weather conditions hold.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office says it doesn't anticipate more evacuations, but that could change, and it may be at least two days before current evacuees can go back to look at their properties.

"[I'm] doing errands in town to try to keep my mind off things," says Montanari.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is compiling a list of addresses of homes that have been destroyed. That list will be updated on the Office of Emergency Management website, but the Sheriff's Office cautions, the list is not complete, because officers have not assessed the entire burn area.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is hosting a meeting for residents at the Coors Events Center, Wednesday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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