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Volunteer Connection (Boulder County Volunteer Center)

Organization: Volunteer Coordination/Staging Site
Facility Type: Info/Hotline
Status: Open

Address:
2885 Aurora Avenue, Suite 32
Boulder, CO 80303

Region:Front Range
County/Parish:Boulder



Main/General Business Number: 303-444-4904
Website: http://www.volunteerconnection.net/



Client/Case Management Information
Contact Name:Volunteer Coordinator
Phone Number:303-444-4904
EMail:services@volunteerconnection.net




This organization provides Temporary or Permanent Service? Temporary

Notes:

FROM THE SITE:

We all want to help with the current Four Mile Canyon Wildfire situation. Specific volunteer needs are still being assessed at this time, but we are compiling a list of potential volunteers and will be back in touch with you as those needs are determined.

To add your name, contact information and how you can help to our list, please e-mail services@volunteerconnection.net or call 303-444-4904 between 7 am and 7 pm. We are currently experiencing high call volumes and would prefer e-mails. Please e-mail the following information: first name, last name, phone number and any special skills or areas of interest in which you would be willing to assist.

To offer donations or goods, please call 211.

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See the above site for a database of volunteer opportunities or to post an opportunity if you're a social service organization in Boulder County

Executive Director, Jim Pollicita: jimp @volunteerconnection.net

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http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-boulder-wildfire-txt,0,5053365.story

Fourmile Fire: 92 structures destroyed, 8 damaged

Web Staff KDVR Denver
9:11 PM MDT, September 7, 2010

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Firefighting resources from across the nation continued to arrive in Boulder County Tuesday evening as local, state and federal fire crews tried to gain the upper hand on a wildfire that had already burned 100 structures, many of them homes.

The Fourmile Canyon Fire was estimated at 7,100 acres with zero percent containment.

"Aviation resources today were very helpful in helping firefighters gain ground," said Laura McConnell with the Boulder County Incident Management Team during an evening press conference. "However, the potential for fire spread is still pretty high."

Multiple air tankers took advantage of calmer winds Tuesday and attacked the fire with a steady barrage of slurry. Officials say more than 90,000 gallons of retardant were dropped on the fire before aircraft had to be grounded due to darkness.

Hand crews remained on the ground into the evening.

"We had two hot shot crews...20 person crews...constructing lines on the north half and west sides of the fire," McConnell said. She said the main growth Tuesday was to the northeast and southeast.

After conducting an "incomplete" survey of damage within the fire perimeter, officials said at least 92 structures had been destroyed and 8 damaged.

Gov. Ritter, who toured the fire zone earlier in the day, declared a state emergency, authorizing $5 million in state funds to be used to combat the fire. He said it was the largest amount of state monies allocated to a firefighting effort since the 2002 Hayman Fire which destroyed 133 homes in Park and Teller Counties, southwest of Denver.

"Everyone is fully engaged in doing all we can to fight this fire and protect property and structures," Gov. Ritter said. "This is still a very volatile fire."

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who joined Ritter on the tour, said nine volunteer firefighters had lost their homes.

"This is a very serious fire for us," Pelle said. "We have literally exhausted all of our local resources."

More than 3,000 people in 70 subdivisions have been evacuated.

David Myers knew it was time to leave when he looked out into the forest and spotted bright red flames towering skyward. Then came a blinding cloud of smoke and a deafening roar as the fire ripped through the wilderness.

"You can hear just this consumption of fuel, just crackling and burning. And the hardest thing is ... you couldn't see it because at the point the smoke was that thick," he said.

Myers said Tuesday afternoon that people told him they believed his house was destroyed.

Gov. Ritter, alluding to tension between firefighters and local evacuees, said it was important for residents to remain patient despite the difficult, emotional situation.

"The most important thing is to allow firefighters to do their business," Ritter said. "And that can only happen if they're not having to argue with people about re-evacuating or evacuating from their property."

The evacuation area includes communities east of the Peak-to-Peak Highway, south of Lefthand Canyon Drive and north of Boulder Canyon Drive (Colo. Highway 119).

No addition evacuations were ordered Tuesday, beyond those who had already been forced from their homes the day before.

No injuries or deaths have been reported, and there are no reports of missing persons, Pelle said.

Winds pushed the fire through three canyons where disease, drought and beetles that burrow under the bark have killed pine trees. The so-called bark beetles have killed more than 3.5 million acres of trees in Colorado and southeastern Wyoming, and the dead trees are seen as a significant wildfire threat.

At least 200 firefighters, including crews from Wyoming and outside the region, were battling the wildfire. Crews managed to save the historic town of Gold Hill, including an Old West grocery store and structures once used for stagecoach stops.

The fire was first reported at about 10:00 a.m. Monday morning in 7100 block of Fourmile Canyon Dr. where witnesses say a vehicle hit a propane tank, causing an explosion.

Pelle said the official cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Additional Fourmile Fire News & Notes:

*Mountain school information for Wednesday, Sept. 8 - Nederland Middle/Senior High School, open; Nederland Elementary School, open; Gold Hill Elementary School, closed; Jamestown Elementary School, closed.

*New fire shelter: YMCA of Boulder Valley: 2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder.

*People who wish to make donations are asked to call 2-1-1.

*City Manager Jane Brautigam has ordered the closure of Boulder Reservoir to the public starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, until further notice. The city property will be used to shelter firefighters who are working the Fourmile Canyon wildfire in Boulder County.

*To volunteer during the Fourmile Canyon wildfire situation, please call Volunteer Connection at 303-444-4904 or email services @volunteerconnection.net

Info Source/Changes:
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Created At: Wed Sep 08 03:20:32 -0700 2010
Updated At: Tue Sep 14 17:06:39 -0700 2010
Updated By: LTel


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