Posts tagged Fourmile fire

four mile fire

Fourmile Canyon fire findings ready

0

 

Preliminary findings of Fourmile Fire report to be presented Friday at open house

Boulder County, Colo. – Just days after the Fourmile Fire began in September 2010, Sen. Mark Udall requested a study of the fire similar to the one he requested after the Hayman Fire in 2002.

The preliminary findings of that study will be presented to Boulder County residents and any interested members of the public at an open house this Friday afternoon in Boulder.

What:              Public open house to discuss findings presented in the preliminary report of the Fourmile Canyon Fire Assessment.

When:             Friday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the assessment researchers.

Where:            Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, third floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Researchers will be available to answer specific questions regarding the report. Representatives from Sen. Udall’s office, Boulder County, the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will also be available.

 

Background

USFS agencies collaborated with the CSFS and assembled a team to conduct the study in December 2010. The study was led by scientists with the USFS’ Rocky Mountain Research Station.

 

Issues on which the study focuses include the:

  • Existing on-the-ground conditions and how they influenced fire behavior
  • Success or failure of specific aspects of firefighting activities
  • Factors that influenced how and why structures burned
  • Existing science related to restoration and protocols in place to learn about recovery

 

-BoulderCounty.org-

Related posts:

Pottery Lab will close at 5 p.m. #boulderfire, twitter bullys , Evacuations Can we go home yet

0

Pottery Lab will close at 5 p.m.

The Pottery Lab will close at 5 p.m. on Friday can we go home yet?, Oct. 29, as a result of the Dome Fire burning west of Boulder:

Residents are encouraged to continue monitoring the Boulder County Emergency Management website at http://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status for further information and evacuation updates.

Evacuations  are still in effect, but a huge number of air water attacks before dark will help to ensure that the fire remains on the ground and close to extinction. There is some discussion right now as to whether resident will be allowed back in to their homes in some evac area. according to Sarah Huntley OEM media  the lifting evacuations were being discussed regularly, but no decision had been made to do so as of yet.  1700 people have been evacuated in the city with over 800 units including the Senior center on Walnut. Evacuation are goes from Canyon to North Street and 7th west.

The fire has not been a catastrophic threat since early this afternoon as reported by Boulder Channel 1. With the winds calm and rigorous fire fighting efforts, the worst had passed by 1:00.

According to Sarah Huntley at OEM “ This fire is not nearly as dangerous as the Fourmile Fire where the wind were a factor. ” Our hope is the fire will settle down this evening” she said. It has not spread beyond it’s 139 acres for several hours….and we see that as a good sign.  Over 29 agencies and 165 firemen are on the scene. she said. We do not need federal help for this fires Huntley said.

Huntley did say the fire has not crossed Sunshine, is not on Mt Sanitas and remains South of  Sun Shine Canyon though there was a lot of smoke up on Sanitas.

Social Media in Boulder went nuts today with much gossip going on by local techies where they descended into cyber bullying. This will be the topic of a special Jann Scott Live on Boulder Channel 1 at 8:00 pm tonight. The bullying started out with young marketing women and then spread to their male counterparts. Twitter is primarily a womens social media tool has become a form of watching soap operas gone ary.

Related posts:

Fourmile Fire rehabilitation and stabilization

0

Boulder County, Colo. – The Fourmile Emergency Stabilization (FES) Team has completed an initial environmental assessment of the Fourmile Fire burned area. The assessment outlines the potential risks to human life and safety, and property as a result of the fire, and provides recommendation for treatments that will reduce these risks.

The team assessed the immediate threats from the wildfire impacts to soils, vegetation, hydrologic functions such as debris flow and flooding in drainages and slopes, trees, transportation infrastructure, abandoned mines, cultural resources, and wildlife.

The analysis determined that because of the increased threat of flooding and debris flows to homes and infrastructure, a watershed emergency exists. Key areas of concern include Gold Run Creek and Fourmile Creek.

It is expected that snowmelt may produce black water runoff, as ash and burned material are carried downstream, but snow typically cannot melt fast enough to generate the amount of runoff that can be produced by intense thunderstorms.

“We expect increased flood risk for several years after the fire,” said Carl Chambers, hydrologist for the team. “While snowmelt flows will be elevated, the greatest risk for damaging floods is from summer thunderstorms.”

There is also high potential for noxious weeds to encroach on the burned area and compromise the establishment of native species.

The FES team recommends emergency stabilization measures including aerial mulching, seeding, treating known noxious weed infestations, and monitoring for new weed infestations. The team also recommended channel treatments to clear debris from flood-prone channels.

Recommendations also include implementing protection and safety measures such as signage, the installation of barriers to physically stop debris flow, flood warning systems, hazard tree removal, and securing mine openings.

The estimated cost of implementing the emergency stabilization recommendations on both public and private lands is nearly $1.7 million. Boulder County will seek grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to implement the recommended treatments. The federal land agencies, the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service, will apply separately for funding for rehabilitation on their lands.

Landownership remains the single most complicating factor in the emergency stabilization of the Fourmile Canyon Fire. Many of the recommendations for emergency stabilization will require treatments to occur across property boundaries – of private and publicly owned lands, and occupied and vacant lands. Boulder County will work in conjunction with NRCS to assist private landowners with treatments.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service has initiated the Emergency Watershed Protection program process for the Fourmile Fire, with Boulder County as the sponsor, to help property owners begin erosion control on their own lands.

Residents of the burned area can contact NRCS 303-776-4034 x3 for information about rehabilitation, including seeding recommendations and soil stabilization. NRCS is currently exploring potential funding sources for protection measures on private lands.

“Regardless of funding that might eventually be received, NRCS staff is available right now to help all landowners, regardless of burn severity, with soil stabilization technical information for practices like reseeding, mulching, and erosion control barriers,” said team conservationist, Boyd Byelich of NRCS.
SOURCE: BOULDER COUNTY PRESS RELEASE

Related posts:

Lack of fire mitigation by home owners above Boulder SERIOUS PROBLEM

2

According to Colorado Public Radio yesterday in an interview with a CU Forestry professor, the Fourmile Fire lost so many homes because home owners did not follow state and federal guidelines for tree thinning. “They wouldn’t have LOST nearly as many homes”. The national forest just west of Fourmile is properly maintained, but the mountainous sub divisions above Boulder will continue to burn as are wild fires are inevitable. Of course humans cause most wild fires in subdivisions which is all the more reason for enforced thinning in mountain communities.
Should home owners in mountainous regions above Boulder be forced to pay a penalty , tax or fine in the future for poor fire mitigation plans. ?? Should tree thinning be imposed by county in heavily populated Forrest areas ??

Related posts:

NEWS: Where are all of the Donations?? Fourmile Fire victims ask. Confusion #boulderfire

0

According to news reports: channel 7 says that there is no central clearing house for all the donations to victims of the Fourmile fire. Victims do not know where to look or go for all of the donation centers.  Boulder County list below is sparse. Mile High United Way did not return calls, yet they are taking in much cash for fire victims. Cash is in short supply. victioms cannot find it. No one can find much needed clothes, personal effects, furniture and especially financial relief.

Boulder Channel 1 News could not find a comprehensive list of services either

Boulder County, Colo. - The official Distribution Center for the Fourmile Canyon wildfire will open on Wed., Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.

Residents in Boulder County who have been impacted by the fire are encouraged to stop by during center hours to receive items that have been donated by the community. Donated items include clothing, bedding, housewares, household items, personal hygiene items, diapers, and other donated objects that may be of use to people displaced or affected by the fire.

The Distribution Center, located in Boulder at 5395 Pearl Parkway (next to Sunbelt Rentals) will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The county is still receiving donations of certain personal and household items at its Collection Center, located at 3111 28th St in Boulder (between Glenwood Dr. and Valmont Rd., across from the Puddle Car Wash and next to Time Warp comic & game store). The hours of the collection center are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.

Related posts:

LATEST NEWS: Office of Emergency Management: fourmile canyon fire Boulder

0

5:30 p.m. – Sept. 13 – Updated list of requested donations
Physical donations are being accepted at the official Boulder County donation drop-off site located at 3111 28th St. in Boulder.

The following items are most in need (as of Sep. 13):

Rakes
Shovels
Work gloves
Hiking boots
Jeans
New underwear and socks for men, women and children of all ages

Please do not drop off donations at local fire stations, and we would really appreciate your not dropping off clothing or other used items not on our current “wish list.”

4:43 p.m. – Sept. 13 – Updated Fourmile Canyon wildfire map
Updated Fourmile Canyon wildfire map.

4:05 p.m. – Sept. 13 – Updated list of destroyed homes
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office along with building officials and property assessment teams continue to investigate the Fourmile Canyon wildfire burn area to obtain more accurate and complete information regarding addresses impacted by the fire. More information.

2:30 p.m. – Sept. 13 – City lifts most trail closures
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks department (OSMP) has been allowed to suspend most of the trail closures in western Boulder that were in effect as a result of the Fourmile Canyon wildfire. The closures were ordered last week by the agencies fighting the wildfire due to suppression operations, extreme fire conditions and expected high winds.

Wonderland Lake will remain closed because helicopters are continuing to use water for suppression efforts. The Wonderland Lake area will be closed until further notice, and citations are being issued for violations. OSMP and firefighters are appreciative of the public’s cooperation in this important matter.

All other trails have been re-opened.

1:50 p.m. – Sept. 13 – Xcel Energy information line
Xcel Energy’s ongoing recorded customer information hotline is 1-800-545-0677.

12:25 p.m. – Sept. 13, 2010 – Recovery efforts for those affected by Fourmile Canyon wildfire
Boulder County is providing multiple resources as areas affected by the Fourmile Canyon wildfire continue opening to residents.More information.

9 a.m. – Sept. 13 – Resources being moved to areas affected by the fire
As areas are opening to residents, Boulder County is moving the following resources to community locations within the burn area to support residents while reliable power utilities and water are still unavailable:

Portable toilets and wash stations
Water – drinking water and potable water for other sanitary purposes
Dumpsters for solid waste collection (please see note below for household hazardous waste collection)
Emergency phone stations for local and emergency calls (set-up by Qwest)

Residents returning to the burn area will not be able to refill their household propane tanks until tanks have been inspected and certified by licensed vendors.

In addition, the Boulder County Household Hazardous Materials center at Western Disposal, 5880 Butte Mill Rd, Boulder (see map) will expand its hours this week to receive household hazardous materials from inside the burn perimeter. There is no charge for this service. Hours this week include: Mon., Tues. (12-4); Wed (8-3:30); Fri (8-12); Sat (8-12).

9 a.m. – Sept. 13, 2010 – Red Cross to close Boulder wildfire shelter at YMCA at 2 p.m. on Monday
At 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter will close the shelter at the Boulder YMCA serving evacuees of the Fourmile Canyon wildfire. The Red Cross will continue to serve the needs of the wildfire-affected residents via individual client casework currently being delivered at a coordinated victim assistance center at 3482 N. Broadway in Boulder (303-441-3560).

Shelter residents and other clients accessing the shelter have been informed of the impending closure. Red Cross caseworkers have been working with the shelter residents and other evacuees to open individual cases so that the Red Cross can help transition residents into recovery.

7 a.m. – Sept. 13 – More roads to open today
Roads opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13:
Arroyo Chico
Camino Bosque
Logan Mill
Fourmile Canyon up to 4700-block (Gold Run and Melvina Hill remain closed)
Sunshine Canyon up to County Road 83 (CR83 remains closed)

More information on open roads and neighborhood reentry process

8:17 p.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Fire 87 percent contained
Incident Command reports tonight that the Fourmile Canyon wildfire is 87 percent contained.

5:09 p.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Updated Fourmile fire neighborhood re-entry information
As more areas open, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is reiterating that all returning residents will need to get passes to gain entry into their neighborhoods. More information.

Areas reopen at this time:
Most of the Mountain Pines subdivision (all but Escape Route Road)
Left Fork Road
Mountain King Road
Arkansas Mountain Road

Complete list of open roads in original evacuation area.

Passes are available at the Boulder County Justice Center at 1777 Sixth St. (Sixth and Canyon) and will be distributed throughout the week during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Justice Center will remain open on Sunday for this purpose until 8 p.m.

More information.

4:35 p.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Fire ban in effect for Boulder County at 6 p.m.
A fire ban for all of Boulder County will take effect at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 12. The ban precludes “open burning” which is defined as any outdoor fire, including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, and the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wildlands, trash and debris. More information.

3:30 p.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Special Transit available to help those with disabilities return home
Special Transit is available to help people with disabilities who were evacuated return to their neighborhoods. For assistance requests, contact 303-206-5886 on Sunday/Monday or 303-579-2198 after Monday.

2:56 p.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Fairgrounds update
Because of reduced need, the Boulder County Fairgrounds is no longer accepting animals displaced by the Fourmile Canyon wildfire. The Fairgrounds will continue to house and care for the animals already there.

2 p.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Fourmile fire neighborhood re-entry information
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is reiterating that all returning residents will need to get passes to gain entry into their neighborhoods.

http://www.bouldercounty.org/newsroom/templates/bocodefault.aspx?articleid=2321&zoneid=1

Updated list of homes damaged or destroyed in Fourmile Canyon wildfire
Boulder County building officials and property assessment teams continue to investigate the Fourmile fire burn area to obtain more accurate and complete information regarding addresses impacted by the fire.

http://www.bouldercounty.org/newsroom/templates/bocodefault.aspx?articleid=2322&zoneid=1

11:46 a.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – New smoke due to Loveland fire, not related to Fourmile Canyon fire
The plume of smoke seen north of Boulder County is the result of a fire burning in Loveland. This fire is not believed to be related to the Fourmile Canyon wildfire.

11:15 a.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Questions about a public event to thank firefighters
The Emergency Operations Center, Boulder County and the City of Boulder have received numerous requests and offers to host a gratitude event or celebration for firefighters. While the fire crews are very appreciative of these sentiments, officials have been encouraged to wait several weeks to give the firefighters the space and time they need to continue suppressing the fire and working through some important recovery steps. Community officials will work on planning this type of an event at an appropriate time. Information will be disseminated when details are available.

10:40 a.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Re-entry at noon includes homes on Left Fork Road not in Mountain Pines
Homes on Left Fork Road that are not technically part of the Mountain Pines subdivision are included in the planned re-entry that will begin at noon today.

Residents may go the Boulder County Justice Center at 1777 Sixth St. (Sixth and Canyon) beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. They will be asked to attend a short informational meeting where they will be briefed on safety issues and concerns in the area and given a chance to ask questions.

The Justice Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Residents will need to:
Show identification
Complete a form for reentry into the burn area (available at the Justice Center and here online)

Residents must secure an access pass before they are allowed back into their neighborhoods.

10 a.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Fourmile fire update
Latest news from federal Incident Management Team: Today firefighters will work to complete line construction on the north flank of the fire and will continue to mop up interior hot spots. Over the next few days, as fire containment increases and fire suppression efforts are completed, firefighters will begin to demobilize. Resources remaining on scene will begin rehabilitation of control lines and removing hazard trees. Utility companies will continue to repair utility lines in the fire area. For more information, view the complete press release.

8:22 a.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Sheriff’s Office to open most of Mountain Pines at noon
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has announced it will open parts of the Mountain Pines subdivision at noon today, Sunday, Sept. 12. The re-entry authorization includes Left Fork Road and Mountain King Road, but not Arkansas Mountain Road.

All returning residents will need passes to provide access into their neighborhood. These passes will be available starting at 10 a.m. today at the Boulder County Justice Center at 1777 Sixth St. (Sixth and Canyon). Passes also will be distributed throughout the week during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Justice Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Residents will need to:
Show identification
Complete a form for reentry into the burn area (available at the Justice Center and here online)

Victims’ advocates will be in the neighborhood to assist residents as they return.

Residents should be advised that there is no power or phone service at this time. Xcel crews will be entering the area today and working on power. Emergency officials will have one satellite phone with them should emergency phone service become necessary.

Sheriff’s officials are asking residents to wait to bring in private contractors.

Media will be given access to the neighborhood later this afternoon. Residents are free to make their own decisions about whether to talk to reporters.

Additional information will be released as other areas and neighborhoods are deemed safe for re-entry.

Please read this important information about returning to your residence.

8:20 a.m. – Sept. 12, 2010 – Health fact sheets available
Boulder County Public Health has prepared some important health information about spoiled food, asbestos, air quality, hazardous materials and other topics. All of these fact sheets can be found at http://www.bouldercounty.org/health/fireresources.htm

9:39 p.m. – Sept. 11, 2010 – Important information about returning to your residence
Because of active fires still in the area and other hazards that threaten the health and safety of residents, only certain areas of the burn area will be opened at certain times. Please read this important information about returning to your residence.

8:54 p.m. – Sept. 11, 2010 – Burn area access for media
The next media briefing about the Fourmile Canyon wildfire will be at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Boulder Reservoir.

Members of the media who wish to obtain passes to enter the burn areas as they are reopened will need to attend the 8 a.m. briefing and show credentials.

7:15 p.m. – Sept. 11 – Residents can register Sunday to receive passes to return to burn area
On Sunday, residents of the areas inside the fire perimeter can sign up for passes that will provide access into their neighborhoods when conditions allow for reentry.

Because of active fires still in the area and other hazards that threaten the health and safety of residents, only certain areas of the burn area will be opened at certain times. There has been no decision about when areas may begin to open.

Residents may go the Boulder County Justice Center at 1777 Sixth St. (Sixth and Canyon) beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. They will be asked to attend a short informational meeting where they will be briefed on safety issues and concerns in the area and given a chance to ask questions.

The Justice Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Residents will need to:
Show identification
Complete a form for reentry into the burn area (available at the Justice Center and here online)

Residents must secure an access pass before they are allowed back into their neighborhoods.

As areas open for residents to return to their homes, the Mental Health Center of Boulder County will be providing counselors at community centers within the affected communities throughout the burn area as evacuees return. Counselors will be available in the following locations:

Gold Hill Community Center (above fire barn)
Sunshine Fire Station 1 (on County Road 83)
Fourmile Canyon (Salina Little Church of the Pines)

Dumpsters will be set up in community areas to collect spoiled food and other trash from homes.

Additional information will be released on the Office of Emergency Management website and distributed through the media for dissemination.

Residents are asked to stay tuned to TV, radio and other news websites to find out when certain areas will be re-opened for residents to return to their properties.

6:15 p.m. – Sept. 11 – Xcel Energy hotline for residents returning to evacuated areas:

Xcel Energy has established a hotline to help keep residents informed (800-545-0677) of the status of power in their area. Customers may call this number to hear a recorded message with current information on the restoration progress.

At this time, the following areas have had power restored:

Portions of Boulder Heights
All of Pinebrook Hills
All of Carriage Hills
All of Lee Hill
Portions of Logan Hills

Related posts:

Go to Top