Boulder Colorado Fourmile Fire September 13: Fire Map, Videos
Update: 3:51pm PT
9News is reporting that the Fourmile Fire was started by a volunteer firefighter in a fire pit, who also lost his home in the blaze.
After the fire began, the firefighter fought the fire in the hills above Boulder for the next eight hours, but lost his home to the blaze.
The fire was not started deliberately; it is thought that the fire in the pit was started after the strong winds reignited the embers in the pit and then blew them into the surrounding region.
No names have been released and it is not known at this time if criminal charges can be filed.
Previous Story From Monday Morning:
The Boulder Colorado Fourmile Fire is Now 87 Percent Contained and More Neighborhoods Have Been Opened Up to Residents to Return Home
The Daily Camera reports that the following neighborhoods have been opened up on September 13 for more residents to return to their homes:
- Arroyo Chico
- Camino Bosque
- Logan Mill
- Fourmile Canyon to Mevina Hill
- Sunshine Canyon to County Road 83
Residents are being warned that some areas, even though they have been opened up to residents, have no phone service and no power.
- Fire Map Showing the Fires Still Burning and Closures
- Fourmile Fire September 10
- Fourmile Fire September 9
- Fourmile Fire September 8
- Fourmile Fire September 7
- Boulder Fire: September 6, Mandatory Evacuation in Four Mile Canyon
Residents are also being warned about scam artists working in the area, who are trying to take advantage of those in a very vulnerable place.
Those who suspect someone is scamming residents should visit www.bouldercounty.org/da to contact the Boulder District Attorney's Consumer Protection Division.
The Boulder Colorado Fourmile Fire has been burning for a week now and it has destroyed about 166 homes and damaged many more.
It is now believed that the fire may have started in a fire pit in someone's home in Fourmile Canyon. It is not known if the fire was left unattended, or if it wasn't fully extinguished, but it is now thought that it did not start from a propane tank crash as was first believed.
The fire has burned 6,427 acres and about 600 families are believed to have been affected by the blaze.
Clean-up is underway, but as the fire is still burning and some are still on evacuation alert, officials have warned that it will take some time to get anything back to some kind of normal. Residents who have been allowed to return home are starting to look at how to rebuild their lives and see what can be saved and what must be thrown out.
The fire has cost $6.77 million so far and about 1,100 firefighters are still working in the region. There have been no deaths attributed to the region, but about seven people have suffered minor injuries.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is collecting donations for residents and their pets from Monday until Wednesday. The Society is located at 5320 Arapahoe Avenue. They are currently taking care of about 10 dogs, cats and small animals.