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2010-09-10 07:50:56 PM  
Wrong thread damn it. So sorry about that >.>

What was supposed to be in this thread:

Hope no one loses there homes, and good luck. If I were closer, I'd offer you a place to stay should you have to bug out.
 
2010-09-10 07:52:23 PM  
that's just tacky: Wrong thread damn it. So sorry about that >.>

What was supposed to be in this thread:

Hope no one loses there homes, and good luck. If I were closer, I'd offer you a place to stay should you have to bug out.


Their

ftfm, the fail is great with me this day.
 
2010-09-10 07:52:50 PM  
As someone who lives in San Diego, which gets regularly scorched every two to four years, good luck.
 
2010-09-10 07:57:18 PM  
goochmeister42: My parents live in Coal Creek Canyon, not too far away. They're evacuating people 3 miles away from their home.

Good luck to them, and to any other Farkers, families and/or friends in harms' way. Stay safe!!!

(I just don't have it in me to be Farky-snarky about folks about to lose their homes and all their possessions... somebody else carry on with that)
 
2010-09-10 08:00:14 PM  
Fingers crossed for all Boulder residents, my Aunt and Uncle live on Meadow Ave, just east of Broadway.

Trivia: There is at least one non-CU official who has a keycard to the stadium, and that man is my uncle. You might catch him running the stadium steps at odd hours, he's been doing it since before most of the people currently working there were born.
 
2010-09-10 08:00:21 PM  
I'm fairly close to this. I think I'll be bugging out tonight or tomorrow morning just in case.
 
2010-09-10 08:01:16 PM  
Wow. I have some friends in the evacuation zones. I live in Denver now but would be mega bummed if Boulder burnt down. My favorite (hazy) memories are from when I went to CU.
 
2010-09-10 08:03:47 PM  
I remember from my Ft. CartoonCarson days someone talking about putting M1's on line with each other to make a huge fire break as the tracks would tear up the ground leaving fresh dirt and very little vegetation. We actually wound up doing something like that in Pinon Canyon after some dumbass started a range fire with a smoke grenade.
Why couldn't that be done in this case to help protect the city of Boulder? Put the tanks on the railhead to transport them up there and then get busy ripping up the terrain.
 
2010-09-10 08:04:19 PM  
Oh and for any boulderites who want/need a couch to crash on tonight in Denver EIP. I'll even provide beer and weed to soothe your sorrows.
 
2010-09-10 08:18:58 PM  
SearchN: ..you know, for how much money is in the Boulder area y'all a bunch of cheap b@stards. Only 4 active TF accounts posted in here?

Hello! We lived in Boulder a few years ago, shat is expensive there. I ate ramen damn near every day not by choice.

Now in Denver with friends who have lost a place and others who are packed and ready.

/csb
 
2010-09-10 08:22:28 PM  
craxyd: I remember from my Ft. CartoonCarson days someone talking about putting M1's on line with each other to make a huge fire break as the tracks would tear up the ground leaving fresh dirt and very little vegetation. We actually wound up doing something like that in Pinon Canyon after some dumbass started a range fire with a smoke grenade.
Why couldn't that be done in this case to help protect the city of Boulder? Put the tanks on the railhead to transport them up there and then get busy ripping up the terrain.


1.) Mobilization of military hardware is incredibly expensive and tanks, believe it or not, can't just drive through a forest, especially in very rugged terrain. They will get caught up on trees and won't be able to stay in formation.

2.) The firebreak would need to be very wide considering the winds could probably push significant ember plumes hundreds of yards, if not further.

3.) It's just a bad idea.
 
2010-09-10 08:25:22 PM  
live rich and die young
 
2010-09-10 08:26:37 PM  
From south Boulder, things look pretty much the same as every other day. We didn't even know there was a fire after it started until a buddy called from up near Iris. On the day of, we had perfect blue skies down here off of Table Mesa, while up north it was a solid wall of gray.

On an unrelated note, if anyone was driving on 36 around 4pm today and saw someone pushing a motorcycle back towards Boulder on the wrong side of the divider, that was me. =D Electrical system just kinda died right before the big hill, and it wouldn't push start.
 
2010-09-10 08:29:19 PM  
My aunt and uncle live just over one mile east of the fire origin... somehow their house is still standing. Fire was 30-40 feet away at closest; their neighbor's house is gone, less than 300 feet away. Actually, most of their neighbor's houses are gone.
Not out of the woods yet (figuratively), but hopefully this settles down soon. I hope I don't have to drive out there to help, but I have a bag packed and my boss is on notice.
 
2010-09-10 08:33:31 PM  
Saw an interesting article in the paper the other day. Talked to a guy who builds fire resistant homes in the area (concrete with steel roofs, etc.) Said things are burning so hot it doesn't matter. The heat is basically just blowing out the windows and the homes are burning from the inside out.
 
2010-09-10 08:43:27 PM  
I have family that live up 36 just outside of the main city limits. As far as I know they haven't had to evacuate yet, but it wouldn't be the first time if they do. My freshman year at CU (2003-04) there were bad fires that I remember seeing from my dorm as they crested the Flatirons. At the same time there were fires back home here in LA. Not a fun feeling when your whole world is going up in flames.

I hope everyone will be okay...I may have had my problems with Boulder at times, but I definitely don't want it to be destroyed.
 
2010-09-10 08:45:39 PM  
Guess I better call Mom tonight. She's up near 6th and Arapahoe...it looks like it's not getting that far south yet, but when you're that close to tasty firewood in the foothills you gets nervous...
 
2010-09-10 08:48:27 PM  
santadog: I assume it's because a lot of mansions were burned.

I used to live in extreme north Boulder, about 1 mile directly east of where the fire is now, right up against the foothills. There are/were some spectacular houses up on that ridge.
 
2010-09-10 08:51:08 PM  
If anyone needs a frame of reference, here is a regularly updated googlemap of the burn area and evac zones.

Link (new window)
 
2010-09-10 08:54:04 PM  
pinual: SearchN: ..you know, for how much money is in the Boulder area y'all a bunch of cheap b@stards. Only 4 active TF accounts posted in here?

Hello! We lived in Boulder a few years ago, shat is expensive there. I ate ramen damn near every day not by choice.

Now in Denver with friends who have lost a place and others who are packed and ready.

/csb


I know, its expensive which is why I moved out of Boulder. Still have family there endanger though.

/Mods, thanks for bumping this. Still a MASSIVE issue for the people living in Boulder.
//Donations are coming in slowly so if anyone can send a care package, please feel free to contact me. fa­ber*lo­gan­[nospam-﹫-backwards]li­amg­*com, and I can get try to get it to the right places.
 
2010-09-10 08:55:53 PM  
Here is the official Boulder Emergency Management resource page: Link (new window)
Excellent source of information and links
 
2010-09-10 08:56:38 PM  
bmwericus: Wow. This is really something. Getting to the city limits is quite something. The last time San Francisco burned [1909], they had to dynamite buildings in the path of the fire in order to save some of the city.

I can imagine 'em bulldozing a fire line thru the city - what a disaster.


Against high winds it's not going to do much good.

BiblioTech: Saw an interesting article in the paper the other day. Talked to a guy who builds fire resistant homes in the area (concrete with steel roofs, etc.) Said things are burning so hot it doesn't matter. The heat is basically just blowing out the windows and the homes are burning from the inside out.

I would think it would be possible to build a house that could actually take it. Plenty of thermal mass in the walls backed up by a good quantity of water that is free to vent as needed--this will keep the temperature from going above boiling. That leaves the windows--stack concrete blocks in front of them.
 
2010-09-10 08:57:32 PM  
I am in Boulder right now Farking from the Walrus Bar on Walnut. The mood here is very somber. Everyone is afraid to go outside. Just kidding, just a bunch of CU Students working on their first beers of the night.

Air quality is great. No smoke on the horizon that I can see.

My only fear right now is that my beer is getting close to empty.
 
2010-09-10 08:57:47 PM  
SearchN: pinual: SearchN: ..you know, for how much money is in the Boulder area y'all a bunch of cheap b@stards. Only 4 active TF accounts posted in here?

Hello! We lived in Boulder a few years ago, shat is expensive there. I ate ramen damn near every day not by choice.

Now in Denver with friends who have lost a place and others who are packed and ready.

/csb

I know, its expensive which is why I moved out of Boulder. Still have family there endanger though.

/Mods, thanks for bumping this. Still a MASSIVE issue for the people living in Boulder.
//Donations are coming in slowly so if anyone can send a care package, please feel free to contact me. faberloganliamgcom, and I can get try to get it to the right places.


FTFM
 
2010-09-10 09:38:39 PM  
craxyd: I remember from my Ft. CartoonCarson days someone talking about putting M1's on line with each other to make a huge fire break as the tracks would tear up the ground leaving fresh dirt and very little vegetation. We actually wound up doing something like that in Pinon Canyon after some dumbass started a range fire with a smoke grenade.
Why couldn't that be done in this case to help protect the city of Boulder? Put the tanks on the railhead to transport them up there and then get busy ripping up the terrain.


They've already done something almost as extreme, for Boulder at least: they mowed open space.
 
2010-09-10 10:10:47 PM  
That's how he rolls...
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2010-09-10 10:14:54 PM  
SearchN: santadog: Here's a shot of the fire from a couple nights ago.

Just read an article that donations are coming in slower than expected. I assume it's because a lot of mansions were burned.

Any chance I can get a higher res image of that pic? Would be a hell of a back ground. Yes, pun intended.


Sorry, that's from some news source. It's all I got.
 
2010-09-10 10:27:49 PM  
I used to live at the bottom of the hill below NCAR - hope all my neighbors are doing ok.
 
2010-09-10 10:45:29 PM  
SearchN: santadog: Here's a shot of the fire from a couple nights ago.

Just read an article that donations are coming in slower than expected. I assume it's because a lot of mansions were burned.

Any chance I can get a higher res image of that pic? Would be a hell of a back ground. Yes, pun intended.


I don't know about that particular one, but there's a slew of cool shots here on Flickr. I particularly like the tall one of the stars above the fire.
 
2010-09-10 10:46:15 PM  
the beatles.
 
2010-09-10 11:21:28 PM  
i flip go-karts: I have family that live up 36 just outside of the main city limits. As far as I know they haven't had to evacuate yet, but it wouldn't be the first time if they do. My freshman year at CU (2003-04) there were bad fires that I remember seeing from my dorm as they crested the Flatirons. At the same time there were fires back home here in LA. Not a fun feeling when your whole world is going up in flames.

I hope everyone will be okay...I may have had my problems with Boulder at times, but I definitely don't want it to be destroyed.


Chances are if you have a problem with Boulder Boulder has a problem with YOU.
 
2010-09-10 11:53:43 PM  
youl100: The car is packed and ready to go...

fark it, stop at Liquor Mart, stock up and haul ass.
 
2010-09-11 01:39:55 AM  
email me if you need shelter.
 
2010-09-11 03:13:34 AM  
supermegadestructobot: email me if you need shelter.

Same, email is posted above in the thread. 1 unused bedroom and 1 unused basement. 2 couches as well.
 
2010-09-11 10:40:37 AM  
supermegadestructobot: email me if you need shelter.

What if I need BIE?
 
2010-09-11 05:38:03 PM  
Had breakfast in Boulder this morning. Saw zero smoke, not even blowing off to the north. Found that odd.
 
2010-09-12 11:23:24 AM  
VTGremlin:
On an unrelated note, if anyone was driving on 36 around 4pm today and saw someone pushing a motorcycle back towards Boulder on the wrong side of the divider, that was me. =D Electrical system just kinda died right before the big hill, and it wouldn't push start.


Let me know (i_love_junk_email AT yaFARKhoo.com w/o FARK) if you want to work on motorcycles sometime. I'm up in Gunbarrel. I had to map out my '95 Honda Magna's electrical system from scratch once because the technical manual was pretty lacking. It ended up being the regulator/rectifier that went bad. The nice part is that I was able to use the electrical system map years later to hotwire my bike when the ignition switch broke. :^)

On a related note, the smoke from the Four Mile Canyon fire seems to be gone and the fire is mostly contained! We need to give these firefighters some beer and a parade.
 
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