Boulder Colorado Fourmile Fire Update September 7 2010 (Videos)
Update: 1:10pm PT
The Boulder Colorado fire has now grown to 7,000 acres and at 6pm on Tuesday night command of the firefighting efforts will be handed over to federal authorities as county resources have run out.
Colorado has given $5 million to firefighting efforts.
It is still not known how many buildings have been burned or damaged but firefighters are still working hard to get the blaze under control.
Previous Morning Coverage:
The Fourmile Fire in Boulder Colorado Has Burned 3,500 Acres, Driven Over 3,000 People From Their Homes and Destroyed a Number of Structures in the Area
The Daily Camera, one of the local publications in Boulder Colorado, reports on Tuesday morning that even though the Fourmile fire is still burning, firefighters will be working hard to contain the blaze within the perimeter they have set up. This perimeter is set up on the north by Lefthand Canyon, on the east by Poorman Road, Sunshine Canyone and Pine Brook Hills, on the west by Mount Alto Park and on the south by Boulder Creek.
Planes dropping fire retardant were working in the area on Monday and are available if needed, along with any firefighter that is available, although some have been relieved of duty as their homes are amongst those lost to the massive blaze.
Winds are expected to get stronger on Tuesday afternoon, which could slow down efforts to control the fire.
There has been an emergency shelter set up at the Coors Event Center located at the University of Colorado campus, but most people seem to be making their own arrangements while they wait until they can go home again.
The Daily Camera reports that road closures are still in effect on Tuesday, and the Boulder Valley School District will be closed. Fourmile Canyon Drive is closed, Sugarloaf Road is closed, and Lefthand Canyon Drive between Lee Hill Drive and Lick Skillet Road is closed. Boulder Canyon Drive is open and Lefthand Canyon Drive and James Canyon Drive between U.S. 36 and Jamestown are open.
It could take several days for firefighters to contain the 3,500-acre Fourmile Fire, which burned an unknown number of buildings and forced the evacuation of 1,000 homes, Boulder County officials said. About 3,500 people live in the evacuated areas, but officials had no firm grasp of how many houses had burned, said Laura McConnell, spokeswoman for the countywide coalition of fire departments tackling the blaze.
Residents may call the incident call center if they have been affected by the fire at 303-413-7737. They are asked to call this instead of 911 unless it is an emergency.