Fire crews working the the Fourmile Canyon Fire northwest of Boulder were able to hold their lines overnight despite strong winds. However, with a stiff wind blowing in the background, officials warned that could all change quickly with the weather.
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Local and federal officials held a press briefing and said that the overnight battle went well and despite strong winds, the lines held. Jim Thomas with the federal Type 1 Incident Management Team said crews had a “very, very good night.”
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No additional structures were lost over the 169 homes already announced and the containment figure remains at 30% and the total acreage is now listed as 6,422 acres. Fire crews remain focused on securing the perimeter around the blaze and protecting structures in the interior.
With the Fourmile Canyon Fire being the highest priority active blaze in the nation, the resources available to combat it continue to grow.
At latest count there were 953 support and firefighting personnel on site – an increase of 403 in just the past 24 hours. Firefighters from 35 agencies across 20 states from as far away as Pennsylvania, Oregon, and California have traveled to aid the firefighting effort.
In terms of equipment, 139 engines, five heavy tankers and five helicopters are being used. Three engines have been deployed within the City of Boulder as a precaution to aid local authorities should the fire move that direction.
Thomas warned that the success that has been realized could all fall by the wayside with more wind forecast for this afternoon.
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Rick Brough of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said that residents within some parts of the evacuation were once again going to be allowed back in.
Starting at 9:00am residents of Boulder Heights, Pinebrook Hills, Carriage Hills, Lee Hill and Olde Stage may enter the area. Also opening are Sunshine Canyon and Fourmile Canyon to Poorman Road, including Poorman itself. Sugarloaf Road including the Mountain Meadows subdivision will also open.
Like yesterday, officials are warning those that enter the area to be fully prepared to evacuate again should conditions warrant it.