The Fourmile Fire broke out in the foothills west of Boulder in early September and wound up destroying 169 homes. It wasn’t Colorado’s largest fire, but it was the most destructive in terms of property damage in the state’s history. It was determined that a volunteer firefighter was responsible for the start of the blaze. The 70-year-old had been burning brush on his property in a fire pit and a few days later the fire pit apparently reignited because it wasn’t fully extinguished. No charges were filed by the Boulder County District Attorney. (credit: CBS)
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The final report on one of the most destructive wildfires ever in Colorado shows homeowners can have a big impact on if their home will survive.
The Fourmile Fire burned 168 homes and 6,000 acres in Boulder County in 2010. The report shows pre-fire precautions homeowners took was a major factor in which houses didn’t burn.
Adobe and non-wood homes where homeowners had removed flammable material like pine needles, grass and wooded decks were more likely to survive.
The report also said the response by firefighters was well executed.
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