Boulder Colorado Fourmile Fire: Sept 9, (Fire Map, Videos)
Update: 4:25 pm PT
No houses have been burned on September 9 and the fire is still at 30 percent containment, but the Daily Camera reports that more residents should prepare for evacuations on Thursday night.
Those who live west of Broadway and north of Spruce Steet should prepare themselves to evacuate if the Fourmile Fire changes direction due to the strong winds. Officials are fearing at this time that the high winds could shift the fire towards the city limits.
"Based on the (wind) patterns that are being forecast, we do have concerns it could push the fire east to the western parts of the city," said Sarah Huntley, a city spokeswoman. "We don't know if evacuations are going to be necessary."
Residents are being asked to clear their lawns, move any propane tanks, take all important documents with them and make arrangements for shelter.
Previous Reporting From Thursday Morning:
The Fourmile Fire is Now 30 Percent Contained, But 169 Homes Have Been Lost in the Blaze
At a press conference attended by the Daily Camera, fire officials announced that the Fourmile Fire is now 30 percent contained, and although this is progress, the threat of strong winds on Thursday night could cause more problems for the firefighters.
The fire has consumed about 6,365 acres, but Boulder County Sheriff's Sgt. Rick Brough cautioned that more more homes could still be lost.
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The Camera reports that residents from previously evacuated areas of Boulder Heights, Pine Brook Hills and Carriage Hills will be allowed to gain access to their homes at 10am today, but due to the threat of strong winds they are advised to gather more things they need and leave once more.
Residents from Sugarloaf, Sunshine Canyon and Lefthand Canyon will be given access to their homes at 2pm today. All of these areas are outside the burned areas.
Thankfully, everyone who was unaccounted for has now been found.
Rob Bozeman, a field observer who has been monitoring the Fourmile Fire since it broke up Monday, said fire crews are worried about tonight's wind.
"The wind event tonight, we could be off to the races," Bozeman said. "All it takes is one spark outside (the fire line) and it's a whole new fire."
Temperatures are expected to reach about the mid-80s on Thursday, but it should be cooler once the cold front moves in. Officials are warning that these conditions expected will be similar to those on Monday when the fire started and grew quickly due to the strong winds.
Rain is not expected to fall in the coming days.
Residents attended a community meeting on Wednesday night to try and gain as much knowledge about what they should do as they could. Many people do not know if their houses are still standing and others need to know what to do now that their property has burned.
"I'm looking for some encouraging words," said John Stanley, a 35-year resident of Bow Mountain Road in Fourmile Canyon.
Stanley said he came to the meeting to see if there was any word about his property.
"If it's a pile of ashes, I've got my family," he said, hugging his daughter.
It is hoped that a database of evacuees can be created in the coming days so that information can be passed quickly amongst residents. Many are frustrated however that not enough information is being relayed to them, and naturally frustrations are running high.
Residents cannot attend media updates now that the site has been moved to a firefighter staging area at the Boulder Reservoir.