Boulder Colorado Four-Mile Canyon Fire

One of the most devastating things about the worst fire in Boulder county’s history is the loss of property. It’s not the houses, it’s the homes. People build their lives around and within these structures we refer to as ‘houses’ or ‘properties’.

Try to place a value on that when it’s burning to the ground in front of you? Can you imagine having to endure that tragedy? I can’t even come close.

Now lately the media has become jaded enough to make comments about people having lost their homes a second time because they lost a home to fire, and rebuilt. What kind of callous commentary is that for us to hear?

Many of us as individuals and groups around the county are working hard to band together to determine how we can help the families and individuals who have lost everything… well so far maybe not everything… as they escaped with their lives, and the lucky ones managed to salvage a few personal possessions in the minutes before 200-foot flames and massive walls of smoke engulfed entire canyons and hillsides.

I know my local barber friend lost his home, my I.T. expert lost his home, So let’s take a closer look, and see if we can help.

This morning at the Ambassador meeting, Greg and the group created a website that allows us to post homes for rent and rental needs. It’s an online bulletin board,  www.boulderfirehousing.com which could be one way to help.

Photo Credit: Cliff Grassmick

There are many other groups coordinating various efforts to help the victims of the fire.

The Boulder Area Realtor Association (BARA) is taking action to assist the many families, including fellow REALTORS®, who are victims of the Fourmile Fire.

They requested, and have been granted $25,000 from the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF). BARA members have contributed to CARHOF significantly over the last 20 years and we are grateful for the support CARHOF and our state association is lending our community at this most distressing time.

BARA is partnering with Elevations Credit Union’s Foundation, which will match publicly donated funds up to $10,000. Dennis Paul of Elevations Credit Union is an affiliate member of our association who made this partnership possible.

In addition, BARA has posted ways in which you may further provide relief on our Face Book page and on the BARA web site

Here are some other resources for anyone interested in what’s going on:

General Fire Info: 303-413-7730

Animal Evac Assistance: 720-564-2942

Sheriff’s Communications: (^^for NON emergency assistance only^^)

Colorado Division of Wildlife: 303-291-7227

http://www.boulderOEM.com

also:

http://www.bouldersheriff.org

for updates on the Fourmile Canyon Fire:

http://incinweb.org/incident/2119

After all that, Boulder’s still a great place to live, and the recovery may be slow and painful for some folks. If you want more info about the area, I’d still like to hear from you, and perhaps I can point you in the right direction.

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Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, full-time RE/MAX professional,  and author of the Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide.

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