UPDATE: Media and Public Meeting set for 9am Justice 6th & Cyn #boulderfire, OFFICIALS WITH HOLD iNFORMATION
The Four Mile fire started with a vehicle propane crash with ignited a forest fire which burned so quickly in the canyons along Boulder’s foothills, that the true nature of the devastation has been withheld by county officials.
Only monitoring Fire team leader channel 7 and other fire radios gave an account of what was happening in the mountains above Boulder. Houses were being lost from the very beginning of the fire though county officiasl refused to admit it. There was near panic on the fire line as firefighters and residents were being driven blindly out of the mountains. People were missing and some residents refused to leave their homes. There where abouts are still unaccounted for.
The failure and mis communication of evacuation routes caused MT residents to become trapped. 911 failure left the entire town of Gold Hill still occupied after 6 hours of inferno. Their plight is still unknown.
Public information officials from the county and city have been less than helpful and have gone short of out and out lying. communications to the public and press were terrible. They held a news and public information blackout on the serious nature of this fire and were less than helpful, curt and irresponsible. Consequently they put peoples live in Danger.
Contact: Boulder County Emergency Operations Center
Fire status update set for 9 a.m. Tuesday at Justice Center
Boulder County officials will be on hand to update the public and media on the status of the Fourmile Canyon Fire at a briefing scheduled for 9 a.m. MST Tuesday at the Boulder County Justice Center located at 6th Street and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder. So far, no injuries as a result of the fire have been reported.
Up-to-date information about the size of the fire, its movement overnight, personnel and equipment involved in fighting the fire, evacuation status and tactical plans for the day will be discussed at the briefing, among other information.
The Fourmile Canyon Fire is at least 3,500 acres in size and forced the mandatory evacuation of about 3,000 residents living in the steep, rugged and heavily forested foothills west of the City of Boulder. There have been no evacuations within the city limits of Boulder. The evacuation area includes communities east of the Peak-to-Peak Highway, south of Lefthand Canyon Drive and north of Boulder Canyon Drive (Colo. Highway 119). Twelve people spent Monday night in the Coors Events Center located on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus. All other emergency shelters were closed because evacuated residents had made arrangements to stay with friends or family in the area, according to Red Cross officials.
Over 100 firefighters manning 35 engines from 30 local agencies worked to contain the fast-moving, wind-blown fire on Monday. Three aircraft also joined the fight flying 18 sorties and dropping 40,000 gallons of fire retardant on the fire. Additional aircraft are expected to join the effort on Tuesday.
Boulder Canyon Drive reopened to traffic Monday evening, however, Fourmile Canyon Drive and Sugarloaf Road remain closed. Additionally, Lefthand Canyon Drive and James Canyon Drive are open from U.S. Highway 36 to Jamestown. Lefthand Canyon Drive is closed between Lee Hill Drive and Lick Skillet Road.
The Boulder Valley School District also announced that all mountain schools will be closed Tuesday.
An incident call center has been established to assist city and county residents affected by the wildfire. Residents are asked to contact the call center at 303-413-7737 instead of calling 911 unless there is an emergency to report.
Air tankers refused to take tot he air while home burned in the Mountains. Could they have flown in the wind??