Firefighters near Yuma in eastern Colorado are hoping for cooler weather and calmer winds today as they try to contain a massive brush fire that destroyed at least two homes and forced the closure of Highway 34 for much of yesterday.
The US House has given unanimous approval to a bill by Colorado Senator Mark Udall that would allow a land swap between the US Forest Service and a rural Boulder County fire district to enhance local wildfire fire mitigation and firefighter training efforts.
One year ago this Labor Day Weekend, an errant spark from an unattended fire pit in Four Mile Canyon west of Boulder quickly became the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history burning 169 homes and damaging scores more. It was an emotional and stressful time for thousands of people directly impacted by the Four Mile Canyon fire, for many, one year later, it still is.
With the one year anniversary of the costliest wildfire in Colorado history approaching, Boulder County officials say only two of the 169 homes destroyed in last September’s Four Mile Canyon blaze have been rebuilt.