The Maria Rogers Oral History Program and the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History are sponsoring a program about the Fourmile Fire on September 20 at the Boulder Public Library, Main Library auditorium, at 7 p.m. The program will feature two short films about the fire, Saving Gold Hill and PACKED; live music by Ray Smith; and, if time allows, comments from the audience. The films are based on oral history interviews.
The Fourmile Fire burned more than 6,000 acres and 169 structures in the foothills of Boulder County in September 2010. Saving Gold Hill: The Story of the Fourmile Canyon Fire tells how close the residents of this town came to losing both their homes and their history in this historic mining town, and of how firefighters fought the fire.
“The smoke was so thick in here at that point, nobody could tell what was burning and what wasn’t.”
—Bob Mason, Gold Hill resident
PACKED is a film about the Fourmile Canyon evacuees and what they chose to take with them, not knowing if everything left behind would be destroyed. Their choices might be surprising, but each response has something to teach us about the things we surround ourselves with and what is truly irreplaceable.
“The luxury of time creates the problem of decision-making…
you’ve got to think: What do I want? What do I need? What do I love?”
—Joanne Cole, evacuee
Please join us on September 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the Main Library auditorium
of the Boulder Public Library for this FREE Fourmile Fire anniversary program.
Please e-mail Angie Burnham for more information.