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Aftermath of Fourmile Canyon Fire

September 13, 2010

(Here’s an update from my daughter on the aftermath of the Boulder fire. Tisha is the President of Colorado Oil and Gas Association.)

See photo of Tisha and Carter.

Hi everyone:
Things seem to be settling in to the “new normal” (that’s the lingo the mental health professionals told us to start using). We are settled into our basement apartment and figuring out it only takes 5 minutes to get everywhere. What a shock! This mountain girl is a bit claustrophobic in town and in a basement, but too thankful for everything to dwell on that.

I wore Brian’s fire gear and got a firefighter assignment yesterday near our house. I got my own fire gear and checked on things. I can’t believe how blessed we are. The devastation of complete mountainsides and many many friends homes destroyed is truly sickening. Our house, however, is completely intact, although super stinky from garbage and smoke. We have so much foliage in place that you can’t even see the damage from our house. We are so thankful to you and all that is Divine for the massive prayers that saved our house.

As an interesting side note, our yard is FULL of chipmunks and squirrels. I think small furry residents from miles around have come to our little oasis of green. There are many signs of mice in the house, as well – so I did take a moment to throw out as many things as I could.

If you’ve been following the map of destroyed houses, ours is 6229 Fourmile in the town of Wallstreet. You’ll see how close we came.

We are a bit overwhelmed with logistics of a new life and new school – and dealing with the logistics of a house shut down indefinitely. There are also many gatherings for the Gold Hill children, which is truly great for them. So sorry I haven’t returned so many kind calls and emails. And, we owe many many thank you notes.

Carter (and I in the blurry background) had our picture in the Daily Camera yesterday. (I think the photographers always go for Carter because he looks like such a mountain kid with that wild long hair!). It was a story on Gold Hill School finding a temporary home at Foothill’s Elementary. I couldn’t find it online.

To see our good friend, neighbor, and professional fire fighter whose house burned down (described earlier):

Many of you have asked about the boys – Carter (7) yesterday was overheard saying “I’m so lucky I’m evacuated”; the new toys and clothes are very exciting to him. I expect the stress to take its toll perhaps when we move back home. But, of all of us, Carter is doing the best. Alec (3) on the other hand, has been struggling a bit more. He asked me yesterday if our house missed us, which I thought was painfully sweet.

Brian and I are hanging in there. Our task now is to come down off of 6 days of full adrenalin. What with fire fighting, worrying about our house, worrying about our friends, taking care of logistics, we just need to ramp it down. It’s funny how stress becomes habitual.

I’ll be working half time over the next few weeks as we get the boys settled into school and take care of all the logistics (you have to register in a million different places and go to a dozen different meetings).

Thank you thank you thank you for all your help and all your prayers!
More on how to help below…

I will distribute gift cards to families in need from the school. Just send them to my work.

To help $10: A mobile donation campaign has been set up to benefit the firefighters who lost their homes and the fire departments who lost stations. The fund is being managed by the mGive foundation through BCFFA. Text FIRE to 27722 to donate $10 to this fund. 100% of your donation will go directly to the firefighters and fire departments that are affected by this.

For larger donations:
The Community Foundation Serving Boulder today established a new emergency fund to support community members directly affected by the Fourmile Canyon Fire. The fund will support the local volunteer fire departments who courageously fought this fire and the mountain residents whose lives were directly impacted by this disaster and are in critical need of financial support.

The Greenlee Family Foundation has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, every donation made to the fund, up to $10,000. The decision was personal, said Rob Greenlee, who worked for a local ambulance company before becoming Executive Director of his family’s foundation.

“To donate online, visit , click “Donate Now,” and be sure to designate your gift to the “Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund.”

Or write a check to “Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund” and mail it to: The Community Foundation, 1123 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 6:28 am

    Glad your daughter’s family and their house came out safely!


    • September 13, 2010 6:55 am

      Boy! Me, too! Thanks for your good wishes and thoughts, Wendy. Love N

  2. planejaner permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:41 am

    Wow, Nancy–
    even though your daughter and her family were extremely lucky, so much has changed for them!
    What a scary thing to go through/come through/live through…

    I will lift them up and know God’s hand is on them…what a blessing they are to their community. I am sure you are so very proud of her.


    • September 13, 2010 4:40 pm

      Thank you, Jane, for your lifting them all up. Tisha says that some of the families didn’t have much to begin with, and now have nothing. Her heart is very tender right now. She’s lived with these folks for years. They’re a wonderful, living, giving community.

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