As of today, eight people are still missing in what has been named the Fourmile Canyon Fire, burning just 12 miles east of northwest Boulder, Colo.. The number of missing, originally reported as 20 people, has lowered after 12 people have been cleared by fire officials.
Firefighters are still trying to confirm the whereabouts of these eight missing people by contacting relatives and sending firefighters to their residences to do welfare checks.
Currently, over 200 firefighters, eight air tankers, and three helicopters are working the blaze, with more help arriving hopefully today.
The Fourmile Canyon fire has scorched over 6,100 acres, and is 0 percent contained. Almost 100 buildings and structures have been reported lost, at least half of them houses. Over 3,500 residents of the area have been evacuated. And there may still be more to come. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported.
In addition to the risks from the fire, firefighters are encountering more dangerous situations as they wade though downed power lines, steep terrain, rattlesnakes, and even poison ivy. Perhaps the scariest part is that a lot of the homes in this area rely on propane for energy, so now the many propane tanks are adding to the danger of the situation.
The fire is said to be about the same size as it was yesterday, which is a good sign that there has been no new growth overnight. This is more than likely because of the lower temperatures and increased humidity.
Fire fighters have been dropping fire retardant on the area south and west of the fire in hopes of preventing it from spreading.
The Fourmile Canyon Fire started on Monday morning and quickly doubled in size by Tuesday. Firefighters still have no word on what set the area ablaze. They will continue to investigate where exactly the fire started, in hopes to find clues about how the fire was started.
Evacuation areas include the communities east of the Peak-to-Peak Highway, West of Highway 36, South of Lefthand Canyon Road, North of Boulder Canyon, and along Sugarloaf Road. No evacuations have been reported inside the Boulder city limits. To see a map of the evacuation areas, click here.
Boulder County Public Safety Department is urging residents of these areas to stay indoors due to the smoke from the Fourmile Canyon Wildfire.
An emergency shelter has been set up at the Boulder YMCA at 2850 Mapleton Ave. The Red Cross will be providing food, water, and insurance resources to evacuees.
If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Volunteer Connection at 303-444-4904.
Donations are being accepted by calling 1-866-760-6489.