Collection: Fourmile Canyon Fire

The Fourmile Canyon Fire of September 2010 destroyed 189 homes in the foothills west of Boulder. This collection includes interviews with evacuees, people who lost their homes, firefighters, and other governmental officials.

Bader, Eric – OH1745
Interview Date: 2011

Eric Bader is a professional wildland firefighter and also a volunteer firefighter with both the Sunshine and Boulder Rural fire departments. He was extensively involved in fighting 2010’s Fourmile Canyon Fire, and in this interview he describes the actions he … Continue reading

Ballard, Henry W. – OH1690
Interview Date: 2010

Henry Ballard describes his experiences during the Fourmile Fire in September 2010 when his garage burned down but his house and that of his neighbors were saved by firefighters. Ballard gives some history of the Sunshine area, then focuses on … Continue reading

Brad, Candace and Brad, Louis – oh1773
Interview Date: November 13, 2010

When Candace and Louis Brad were evacuated from their home in the Boulder County foothills due to the Fourmile Canyon Fire of 2010, it was the fourth evacuation they had experienced. In this recording that was used in the making … Continue reading

Brigham, David and Maggie Simms – OH1772
Interview Date: 2010

David Brigham and Maggie Simms talk about the process of evacuating during the Fourmile Canyon Fire. Their house, at 390 Hill Street in Gold Hill, was threatened by the 2010 fire and narrowly escaped being burned. They relate the history … Continue reading

Brown, Boyd – oh1781
Interview Date: November 21, 2010

Boyd Miller describes evacuating during the Fourmile Canyon Fire of 2010 both the house he currently lives in and the historic home owned by his family since 1900 in Gold Hill. He discusses what things they chose to take with … Continue reading

Cole, Joanne – OH 1777
Interview Date: October 31, 2010

Joanne Cole, who evacuated her mountain home in Gold Hill during the Fourmile Fire, first describes her experiences during the Sugarloaf Fire. She talks about her minimalist approach to deciding what to take with her when evacuating for the Fourmile … Continue reading

Epp, George – OH1738
Interview Date: 2011

George Epp has lived in Boulder since 1951. He began working in the Sheriff’s Office in 1972, and was sheriff of Boulder County from 1990 to 2003. In this interview he talks about changes in the department, including changes in … Continue reading

Finn, Chris – OH1729
Interview Date: 2011

Chris Finn, who is the fire chief of the Gold Hill Volunteer Fire Department, as well as part owner of the Gold Hill Inn, speaks about his experiences during the Fourmile Canyon Fire. He was in Gold Hill during the … Continue reading

Hoffmann, John and Brendan – OH1769
Interview Date: November 13, 2010

Father and son, John and Brendan Hoffman, talk about their experience of evacuating their home during the Fourmile Canyon Fire in September 2010. John speaks first. He is an architect, whose architectural firm was located in his house. Brendan, who … Continue reading

Holmes, Jesse with Solheim, Valerie – OH1770
Interview Date: October 30, 2010

Jesse Holmes and Valerie Solheim discuss their experience of the Fourmile Canyon Fire of 2010, which included evacuation of their Mountain Meadows neighborhood. Valerie talks about being an evacuee, and Jesse, who chose to stay with their home, talks about … Continue reading

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