Posted on June 28, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Threat to Boulder diminishes as firefighter gain upper hand
The Flagstaff Fire near Boulder, Colorado.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A massive aerial attack and targeted efforts by ground crews Wednesday helped prevent the Flagstaff Fire from spreading toward Bouder’s western suburbs and enabled safety officials to lift pre-evacuation notices.
There has been no damage to any structures and no injuries from the fire.
The fire was held to about 230 acres with containment estimated at 30 percent. Thunderstorms also delivered some heavy rain to the area, raising the relative humidity in the vicinity of the fire.
Firefighters were able to establish secure fire lines to the west and south of the fire and using aerial drops of retardants to slow any potential advance.
Roving patrols are keeping an eye on the fire perimeter looking for spotfires.
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Posted on June 27, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Firefighting efforts will focus on aerial attacks
Flagstaff Fire map, Wednesday morning.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Ahead of a scheduled 8 a.m. briefing, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said the Flagstaff Fire, burning in the foothills just southwest of town, remained at about 200 to 300 acres, with no containment reported.
The fire started Tuesday afternoon, most likely sparked by lightning and 20 homes remain evacuated, with more residents of the West Boulder area under pre-evacuation notices. (more…)
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Posted on June 26, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
New wildfire burning just west of town
Approximate location of the Flagstaff Fire, near Boulder, Colorado.
SUMMIT COUNTY – With dry thunderstorms pulsing over Colorado, a wildfire has started in the foothills just west of Boulder, in the vicinity of Green Mountain, according to earliest reports.
According to scanner traffic available via the web, the Flagstaff Fire was about 8 acres and growing as of 3:30 p.m. By 4:10 p.m. the Boulder Office of Emergency Management estimated the fire had grown to 200 to 300 acres in size.
Some reports indicate that hand crews have had to pull back from the fire during the early stages of attack due to shifting winds. Aerial attacks continue.
From the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website:
“Sheriff’s Command has issued evacuation orders for approximately 20 households in the area of Bison Drive and Pine Needle Notch subdivision. An evacuation point is being established at New Vista High School at Broadway and Baseline. Red Cross is on its way. Residents are advised to take vital records, proof of residency and any pets.”
Approximate area of Flagstaff Fire evacuations. Map courtesy Mark Newby and Black Ice Geospatial.
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Posted on September 9, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
An air tanker battles the Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder. Colorado. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. FOREST SERVICE.
Exact source of ignition still under investigation
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Fire officials say they believe the Fourmile Canyon wildfire was human-caused, but they are still trying to determine the exact source of ignition.
Overall fire information is updated frequently at www.inciweb.org.
The wildfire west of Boulder has spread across about 6,300 acres and destroyed more than 130 structures, making it one of the most destructive Colorado fires in recent memory. As of Sept. 8, firefighting costs had already topped $2 million. (more…)
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