Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mountains on Fire

Mountain Living #5

The idyllic and peaceful mountain landscape many Coloradoans have chosen to call home has a dark side called Wildfire--and that dark side has ravaged the foothills northwest of Boulder in the last two days, consuming more than 7,100 acres and an estimated 92 structures, including nine homes belonging to firefighters who were fighting the blaze.

A 9 News aerial view of a burning home.

"It is a testament to their commitment and bravery. While they were out saving someone else's home, theirs is burning down," Incident Commander Chief Don Whittemore said.

The Fourmile Canyon Fire, as it's called, began yesterday morning and has been fueled by tinder-dry vegetation and strong winds and as of 6 p.m. this evening, was 0% contained.

The news video of homes going up in flames has been very difficult to watch. I haven't posted here for quite a while but I wanted to take the time this evening to extend my deepest condolences to the firefighters--and all mountain residents--who lost their homes, and all who are still waiting on pins and needles, hoping for the best come morning light. My heart goes out to them as I am reminded of many occasions where a major wildfire was headed our way in years past and how lucky we were that the weather changed or the wind shifted and we were spared the anguish that those folks in the foothills near Boulder are going through now.

The Hayman Fire of 2002

A donation line has been set up for those impacted by the Fourmile Canyon Fire, though it probably only works for Colorado residents.

The United Way says anyone wishing to make any kind of donation, from money to clothes to food, can call 211. Callers will then be transferred to the appropriate agency for their donation. The service is free and is open 24 hours a day.The United Way is asking people not to drop off donations at the center itself. Anyone who would like to help volunteer is encouraged to call 303-444-4904.

Also, the  Longmont Humane Society www.longmonthumane.org and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley www.boulderhumane.org could use financial aid since they are stretched thin caring for evacuated pets.


Kilauea Poetry said...

Hey, my heart goes out to you- thanks for this tragic update- those firefighters indeed risk their lives! I missed you..sorry for these circumstances- will keep you in my prayers!

Linda said...

When I saw on the news about the wildfires in Colorado I immediately thought of you and wondered if they were anywhere near you. Thank goodness they aren't but that is just so sad and tragic about all of those other homes. I sincerely hope and pray that the fire is contained soon before any more families find themselves without homes.

Keep us posted if you can, Lisa, and take care!

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

Thank you Regina and Linda. I'm sure those affected appreciate any and all good thoughts. Luckily we are not anywhere near this blaze but all of us who live in the "Red Zone" can empathize with what those folks are going through.

Regina: I've missed you all, too! I was away for 6 weeks this summer and just haven't gotten back into the blogging swing yet. Life is just so daily. :)

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