Fire on the Mountain. ~ Marissa Faye

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on Sep 6, 2010
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fire mountain

The best way to stay in touch with this ongoing emergency is on twitter, which will offer you links to live radio and photos, maps, evacuation updates. Click below image for twitter feed for #Boulderfire.

Sunshine and Four Mile Canyon in Boulder, Colorado currently closed due to fire.

I awoke this morning to rapid knocking on my door.  I groggily got out of bed to find my landlord standing in the doorway, “There is a fire!”

Somehow I had managed to walk by the six six-foot tall windows in my living room without looking outside.  If I had, I would have seen billows of white-grey smoke emerging from Four Mile Canyon, not too far from where I stood.

smoke mountain fire

The fire, which one source indicates had supposedly begun by a crash into a propane tank in Emerson Gulch, had turned wild.  It wasn’t long before flames emerged from the other side of the mountain outside my window and began spreading northwards and westwards.

Close your windows and blinds!  Houses most easily catch on fire (in these cases) from extreme heat exposure through windows that have been left open.

house fire

Like many other mountain dwellers, I now sit safely in downtown Boulder, my car brimming over with valuables, waiting.  The house I currently call my home could be swallowed in flame, along with many others.  The fire has put 100 homes at risk.

Those trying to get back to their homes (but restricted from doing so) wait anxiously at the base; crying for their pets, loved ones, and valuables that remain on the mountain.

All the firefighters in the county are currently trying their best to subdue the fire.  Strong winds are making it difficult for the 3 requested air tankers to aid in extinguishing.  These winds also put firefighters at greater risk as the fire is able to spread rapidly.  Evacuations have been made throughout the area, most recently including the Gold Hill area and a four mile radius around it.

smokey street

All we can do now is wait for the results.  The smoke has seemed to clear from the streets of downtown and the small flakes of ash whirling through the air have become more and more dispersed.  Please feel free to comment with any updates.

Posted at 2:56 pm on Sep. 6, 2010

marissa fayeMarissa Faye is a cultural explorer hailing from the far eastern lands of Sherborn, Massachusetts.

She is like a sponge—absorbing all things around her with a forever unquenched curiosity.  Often times she is hidden away in her mountain fortress, avidly writing tales of fact and fiction. She is a flowerchild at heart and an enthusiast of  art, music, food, and the infinite explorations of life.

Zombie-lovers often refer to her as Tree.


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8 Responses to “Fire on the Mountain. ~ Marissa Faye”

  1. brotherrog says:

    Excellent article. Thank you.

    Attention Boulder area peeps. If you have space to offer those who've been evacuated due to the fire or are in need of help yourself, go to this site:
    Boulder Fire Help • Index page
    If you have space in your home to help people who have been evacuated, post your contact info here. If you need a place to stay, please also post your contact info here.

    On a personal note, I've been helped by strangers in the past, today was a day to pay it forward. took care of the IHOP tab for a family of 5 who were evacuated from Gold Hill due to the fire. they smelled and looked horrible. …listened, hugged. felt pretty powerless but did what i could to make a bad day a little less so. know i'll be on the receiving end of help again some day. can't exactly say i'm looking forward to it. : P

    May God's amazing, transforming, strengthening, and healing Grace, Peace and Love be with all of those affected by this disaster, including the fire containment crews & all of the pets and wildlife, during this difficult time.

  2. BrotherRog says:

    some more info:

    These residential areas have been ordered to evacuate: all homes within a 3-mile radius of Gold Hill; the Mountain Meadows subdivision; the Sierra Antigua subdivision; Mountain Meadows and Mountain Pines; Pine Brook; Boulder Heights; Whispering Pines; mile marker 3 Sugarloaf to Boulder Canyon; and Lickskillet west to Sawmill.
    The county's emergency alert system is not working properly. Residents in these areas should not wait for alerts to evacuate.

    Evacuation points are open at the Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Colo. 72. The evacuation centers at North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway and New Vista High School, 700 20th St., Boulder, have closed.

    The American Red Cross is opening an overnight shelter at the Coors Event Center, on CU's campus. People should enter at the southwest arena entrance, taking Regent Drive to Kittredge Loop.
    People should bring identification, medications and items to occupy small children. Food will be provided.
    Parking is at POD-G (public parking), just east of 30th Street and Colorado Boulevard. A shuttle will be provided.

    Pets are not allowed at the Coors Event Center. But evacuees can take dogs, cats and small mammals to the Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Road, which is coordinating the response. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley, 2323 55th St., no longer is accepting animals. For after-hours help, call 303-441-4444.
    The Longmont Humane Society will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday to reunite pets and owners if needed.
    It's requesting donations of cash and pet food. To donate online, clickhere.
    The VCA All Pets Clinic, 5290 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, will also take cats and dogs; call 303-499-5335 to make an appointment.
    Livestock is being taken to the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.
    The Boulder County Fairgrounds campground in Longmont was open for recreational vehicles, with 25 sites open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Road closures
    Lefthand Canyon, Fourmile Canyon, Sunshine Canyon, Sugarloaf Canyon, Olde Stage and westbound Colo.119 (Boulder Canyon) are closed to traffic. Additional road closures have been ordered to include Linden Drive, west of the city limit, and Lee Hill at Wagon Wheel Gap and Lefthand at Lee Hill Drive.

    How to get help
    For more information on Red Cross shelters and services, call 303-722-7474.
    An incident call center has been established to assist residents affected by the wildfire and evacuations. Residents are asked to contact this call center at 303-413-7737 instead of calling 911 or the city and county dispatch lines unless there is a new emergency to report.

    Read more:Fourmile Canyon fire could take several days to contain: 3,500 acres burning, 1,000 homes evacuated – Boulder Daily Camera

  3. BrotherRog says:

    This site is posting detailed updates:

  4. Linda says:

    Thanks for updates. Is Jessie Grimes still a fire fighter? I hope it rains and cools things down–any chance of that? My prayers are with you–mama Linda

  5. Stephanie says:

    I found a non emergency # that residents can call to find out about their homes 303-413-7737. We have family friends who have a home on Lee Hill and have two cats inside:( So far the house is safe, but they are taking addresses for the people who have pets and can't get to them. I pray for everyone effected by this awful disaster.

  6. Griffin, Deb says:

    I have room for one person in Boulder proper. It could be for the remainder of this month or longer if necessary. I live in a small apartment, but it is clean and comfortable. I would require some of the expense money, but it would be cheaper than renting a motel and could be used as a home base until further arrangements could be made. I live close to the University, bus line, and shopping. Call: 720.345.8178

  7. Deborah Griffin says:

    I have room for one person in my small apartment which would be cheaper than renting a motel room. This could last for the remainder of the month and possibly longer if needed. Call 720.345.8178. I am in Boulder proper off of 30th St, close to the University, shopping and bus lines. Some expenses would need to be helped with.

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