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Boulder residents urged to be watchful, prepared (Forest Fire)
The Denver Post ^ | 9-9-2010 | Tom McGhee and Kieran Nicholson

Posted on 09/09/2010 4:36:45 PM PDT by MtnClimber

BOULDER — City officials are urging residents who live west of Broadway in Boulder to prepare in the event high winds forecast for this evening carry embers from the Fourmile Canyon fire into city limits.

Winds may reach 50 mph out of the southwest, which caused city officials to warn residents living roughly from Spruce Avenue north to Dakota Ridge to be vigilant.

"There are concerns about the fire's path becoming less predictable and the possibility of spot fires from embers," City Manager Jane S. Brautigam said in a news release. "We are certainly hoping for the best, but as a city, we are doing the very things we would urge residents to do — staying vigilant and planning for the worst."

Read more: Boulder residents living west of Broadway urged to be watchful, prepared - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_16031957#ixzz0z4sd6C69

(Excerpt) Read more at denverpost.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 4milecanyon; forestfire
Fire is about 10 miles north of me. Winds expected to increase out of the west in about an hour. Gusts could be 50-60 mph range.
1 posted on 09/09/2010 4:36:48 PM PDT by MtnClimber
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To: MtnClimber

Prayers are with you.

Any sign of Obama’s civilian army there ?


2 posted on 09/09/2010 4:41:19 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: maine yankee

Hopefully the REAL militia, (i.e., your neighbors and friends) will be out with shovels, chainsaws and garden hoses removing dead brush and wetting down any embers that show up.


3 posted on 09/09/2010 4:44:15 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: maine yankee

No Obama Army. Lots of volunteer and federal firefighters. Lots of homes lost in the foothills west of Boulder. I heard 190 homes lost on a radio report. Terrain is so rugged that normal ground machinery can’t operate. Only airplanes, helicopters or on foot. Reports that firefighters must watch for burning logs rolling down mountainsides.


4 posted on 09/09/2010 4:45:52 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: MtnClimber

Please keep us updated if you can. I’m sending up a prayer for you and your neighbors. We live in fire country too so I’ve got an inkling what you’re going through. Good luck and stay safe.


5 posted on 09/09/2010 4:49:18 PM PDT by Argus
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To: MediaMole

I have hoses with sprinkler and spray nozzle set up and a chain saw all gassed and ready.


6 posted on 09/09/2010 4:50:00 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: MtnClimber

Praying for you and your family from here in Colorado Springs.


7 posted on 09/09/2010 4:51:24 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: Argus

We had 2 hours of slow, but steady rain yesterday afternoon. That really knocked the fire fown. It does not seem it spread much today. I am hearing that 10-11 square miles burned so far. The smoke is way down. The worry is that when the predicted wind increase happens it will dry everything and spread burning embers.


8 posted on 09/09/2010 4:54:28 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: mountainbunny

Thanks, we are south of the fire so still just watching closely. The people west of Boulder are really the ones that need prayers badly. From the warning area in Boulder I think they are worried the fire will come down Sunshine Canyon.


9 posted on 09/09/2010 4:57:50 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: MtnClimber

“Terrain is so rugged that normal ground machinery can’t operate”

The mountainsides are so steep in some places that if you missed your step you’d be dead. Some of the old mining roads will turn your hair white. I still don’t see how they got a team and wagon up some of them when it scared the crap out of me to get a motorcycle up there.


10 posted on 09/09/2010 5:08:52 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: MtnClimber
We had 2 hours of slow, but steady rain yesterday afternoon. That really knocked the fire fown.

That was really amazing in its timing. It is not unusual to have one or two days of that kind of weather from mid-August to mid-Sept around here but more often than not it will just be socked in and if it rains at all it will be a light misting for twenty minutes or so. Two hours of straight down rain just at this time was near astounding.

11 posted on 09/09/2010 5:15:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: dljordan

I worked inthe national parks for ten years. Including the north rim of the grand canyon. I was in yellowstone in ‘88.
When you can smell the smoke, everybody becomes a firefighter. My prayers.


12 posted on 09/09/2010 5:15:41 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: MtnClimber
Are there still fire breaks cut in the trees in the mountains west of boulder?

In '72 they were very prominent. I was just visiting in July and don't remember seeing them. Just wondering if they are still there or has the forest service decided they don't work?
13 posted on 09/09/2010 5:23:30 PM PDT by stig
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To: stig

No fire breaks now. Not environmentally friendly is my guess.


14 posted on 09/09/2010 5:32:31 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: MtnClimber

We’ll continue watching with fingers crossed and pray for more rain.


15 posted on 09/09/2010 5:47:45 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Argus

No clouds to speak of. Wind picking up some, but still not too windy.


16 posted on 09/09/2010 5:56:10 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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To: maine yankee

“I worked inthe national parks for ten years. Including the north rim of the grand canyon.”

How thick were the trees and brush there? I’ve noticed here (I moved here in 99’) the the undergrowth in many places was a definite fire hazard.


17 posted on 09/09/2010 6:11:40 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: dljordan

Most of the damage in Yellowstone was because of the thick layer of deadwood or ‘duff’ on the ground. The rules back then were ‘every smoke put out’. So the forests were not allowed to clear themselves with grass fires that didn’t crown.

The attitude within NPS has changes since then, In fact, there is a very large controlled burn near the grand canyon now.

But I don’t know who controls the land areas around where you are or what their policies are.

Keep a bag packed. keep it next to the door. keep cell phone charged. Back up computer, send files off site while you can. good luck.


18 posted on 09/09/2010 6:23:42 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: maine yankee

“But I don’t know who controls the land areas around where you are or what their policies are.

Keep a bag packed. keep it next to the door. keep cell phone charged. Back up computer, send files off site while you can. good luck.”

It’s a patchwork. I’ve looked at the county land titles and I couldn’t make heads or tails of them between private land, county land and Federal (our) land (I’m a Gold panner).

I live in Longmont, Co. down on the plains about five miles from the 8000’ ‘foothills’ so I’m pretty safe.


19 posted on 09/09/2010 6:36:01 PM PDT by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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I live right next to Roosevelt National Forest. They have been planning controlled burns for the last 12 years I have been here. None ever happened.


20 posted on 09/09/2010 7:18:04 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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I just hiked over to a ridge where cliffs give clear views to the north on Mt. Thorodin. I cou;d not see any flames. Smouldering smoke over a large area. The wind has swung to out of the NW and I could really smell the smoke. Wind is still pretty mild. T checked dampness in pine needle layer. The top was pretty dry even after the rain yesterday. About an inch deep the needles were damp.


21 posted on 09/09/2010 7:23:33 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both hate freedom and have friends that bombed the Pentagon)
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