September 7, 2010 – A wildfire struck out yesterday morning at about 10 a.m. through Fourmile Canyon in Boulder County, Colorado.
About 3,000 people have evacuated their homes because of the Colorado wildfire. The month of September, climatologically one of the driest months in Colorado, teamed up with 45 mph winds yesterday exacerbated the fire. Smoke from the fire is visible from Colorado Springs to the Colorado-Wyoming State Line.
Colorado Highway 119 is closed between Nederland and Boulder in order to fight this wildfire. FEMA is helping with federal funds to pay for the firefighting costs. Some firefighters have unfortunately lost their own homes while out battling the fire.
Boulder County Public Health issued the following advisory:
“Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms. Keep windows and doors closed, unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere.”
Boulder Office of Emergency Management:
“The incident call center at 303-413-7737 is taking information from pet owners who are concerned about animals still in the fire area. No rescues of pets are possible at this time; however, animal control officials are monitoring the situation and will start going in, using the central list, as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Officials advise people to take their animals inside and if they have been exposed within five miles of the smoke, to take their pets to Longmont Humane Society or Boulder County Fairgrounds. Boulder residents reported ash falling on their homes.
Colorado fire fighters plan to triple the amount of fire deterrent today and hopefully contain the fire by this evening.
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