Colorado wildfire forces 3000 Boulder residents to evacuate, dozens of homes destroyed

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 7, 2010 10:21 am

A 3,500-acre wildfire in Boulder, Colorado continued to burn Tuesday as over 3,000 residents have already been forced from their homes. Dozens of homes have been destroyed, with an exact number unknown at this time.

While the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, high winds helped the fire to quickly spread and hampered fire crews from utilizing air support to fight the blaze. Instead, firefighters had been forced to rely on all-terrain vehicles to control the fires.

Calmer winds were predicted for today, which should allow air tankers to significantly increase the amount  of fire fighting chemicals dumped on the mountainous area.

The fire broke out Monday morning in Four Mile Canyon, located just north of Boulder.

The blaze has personal connections for those working to contain the affected area, with several members of the fire crew owning homes in the fire’s path. Authorities said at least four firefighters have had their homes destroyed in the fire.

Here is a time-lapse video of the eerily beautiful, destructive blaze: