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.

Honeyman, Bruce D. – OH1767
Interview Date: 2012

Bruce Honeyman was the fire chief for the Sunshine Fire Protection District during the Fourmile Canyon Fire of 2010. He tells about fighting the fire for a solid day-and-a-half without sleep and protecting homes in the Fourmile Canyon area while … Continue reading

Kenyon, Sherry – OH1736
Interview Date: 2011

Sherry Kenyon was interviewed shortly before she retired as fire safety educator for Boulder Fire Rescue. Before she took on that job, Boulder had no fire safety education program. In this interview she describes the creative and comprehensive programs that … Continue reading

Lester, Lurie – OH1775
Interview Date: November 1, 2010

During the Fourmile Canyon and Dome fires in 2010, Lester Lurie and his wife, two daughters, and their pets needed to evacuate their home four times due to the threat of the fires reaching their home. In this interview, he … Continue reading

Lurie, Ella – OH1776
Interview Date: November 1, 2010

Ella Lurie lists some things she wishes her parents had brought when they evacuated for the Fourmile Canyon Fire and one thing she wishes her parents had not brought—her backpack with her schoolwork in it.  

Lynch, Stephanie D. – OH1759
Interview Date: 2010

Stephanie Lynch tells the story of her family’s evacuation from their home in the foothills outside of Boulder on the morning of the first day of the Fourmile Canyon Fire of September 2010, and the subsequent realization that their house … Continue reading

Mordhorst, Roger L. – OH1780
Interview Date: November 21, 2010

Roger Mordhorst is an artist who was evacuated from his house twice during the Fourmile Canyon Fire of 2010. He talks about what he took with him when he evacuated, his unsuccessful struggle to cage his pet parrot, and the … Continue reading

O’Brien, Christopher C. – OH1730
Interview Date: 2011

Christopher O’Brien is a captain with the Boulder Rural Fire Department. He also has worked with a number of other rural fire departments, such as the Jamestown and Lyons departments. In this interview he speaks extensively about wildland firefighting tactics, … Continue reading

Peacock, Martha – OH 1771
Interview Date: November 21, 2010

Martha Peacock describes her experience of evacuating her home on Sunshine Canyon Drive when the Fourmile Canyon Fire of 2010 burned too close to her home for safety. She tells about feelings of panic while evacuating, describes what she took … Continue reading

Pelle, Joseph K. – OH1837
Interview Date: 2012

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle gives an overview of services provided by his deparment in this interview that initially aired on radio station KGNU’s program “A Public Affair.” The interview focuses on the Boulder County jail, search and rescue services, … Continue reading

Phillips, Marjory – OH0566
Interview Date: 1991

People: Marjory Phillips.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: Boulder County Courthouse fire; business enterprises; disasters, Pearl Street.  

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