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Boulder County Sheriff’s investigators confirm Fourmile fire started in a firepit

Kevin Vaughan
The Denver Post

Boulder County Sheriff’s investigators today said they believe the blaze that burned 166 homes in the foothills west of Boulder began in a firepit at 7100 Fourmile Canyon Drive.

According to Sheriff’s Cmndr. Rick Brough, the last fire in the pit had been a number of days before the Fourmile Canyon blaze erupted after 10 a.m. the morning of Sept. 6. At that time, the property owner attempted to extinguish the fire by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes, Brough said in a news release. Wind reignited the embers and blew them out of the pit, causing them to spread.

The cause of the fire – one of the worst wildfires in state history – has been classified as “human,” according to the U.S. Forest

Service’s latest report on the blaze.

The fire erupted in Fourmile Canyon about 5 miles west of Boulder and spread quickly in the face of unrelenting winds, blackening more than 3,000 acres the first day and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their foothills homes.

The fire had burned 6,427 acres as of Saturday evening and destroyed homes worth $76.9 million, according to a Boulder Daily Camera study of county property records. It has cost nearly $7 million to fight.

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More than 1,000 firefighters were working Saturday and had the blaze 73 percent contained.

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