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Wildfire West of Boulder, Colorado

Barb Miller

Berthoud, Colorado, United States

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Berthoud, Colorado September 6, 2010

Featured in Great Plains of North America
September 2010

Fire started Emerson Gulch 10:00 AM
Estimate 2,200 acres burned 3:35 PM
From the Air report … 10 structures burned to the ground and 2 structures burning.
Final – almost 7,000 acres burned. Many homes and other structures lost. No lives lost.

Burn Areas:
Four Mile Canyon – Sugarloaf Canyon, Sunshine Canyon, Salina, Gold Hill, Old Stage Canyon, Boulder Canyon – 119.
Reverse 911 calls have gone out to other communities in the surrounding areas to be prepared to evacuate.
Area is steep, rocky, lots of trees and very dry. Water has to be trucked in … there isn’t any water in the canyons.

Evacuation is in progress in the above areas. Hwy. 119 and other roads closed west of Boulder. They may be closing Hwy. 36. The fire is so intense that they cannot get an estimate of any acreage and/or homes/buildings destroyed. Wind gusts of 65 mph with sustained winds of 32/40 mph. The fire is burning west to northeast. Purpose right now is getting people and animals out. Zero containment.

27 Fire Agencies involved in fighting this fire.
►Tanker plane dispatched from Fort Collins cannot get into the air because of winds
►Tanker plane dispatched from Grand Junction, Colorado is loading and is waiting for winds to drop to under 30 mph.
►Tanker plane is in the air coming from Rapid City, SD. Should be here in an hour.
►The Tankers can fly but until the winds die down their retardent drops would not be accurate.
► Tankers are being fueled and loaded with retardent at Rocky Mountain Municipal Airport and will be in the air and ten minutes from the fire when given the okay that the winds have dropped in the burn area.

Evacuations Centers
Netherlands Community Center
Boulder County Fairgrounds (Large animals)
North Boulder Recreation Center
Boulder County Humane Society (Small animals)
Boulder New Vista High School


Tanker in from Grand Junction, Colorado 2:45 PM
4 engine holds 2,500 gallons of retardent.

Tanker in from Rapid City, South Dakota 3:20PM
2 engine holds 8,000 pounds of retardent.

Olympus E-520 Zuiko 70 -300
f/11, 1/2000, ISO 800,100 mm

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