Past Events

Spring 2012 Gathering

Greetings Fellow Fourmile and Lower North Fork Fire Survivors:

Please consider attending a gathering for people who lost their homes in the Fourmile and Lower North Fork fires. It’s taking place on Friday, April 13th, in beautiful Chautauqua Park, here in the foothills of Boulder. Chautauqua is generously donating the historic Community House for our gathering, and it’s a lovely, quiet place in which to meet.

When: Friday, April 13th, 2012

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm or whenever

Where: Chautauqua Community House in Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder CO

Dinner Provided: Pizza and snacks, dessert and drinks

Agenda: Informal; time to meet and socialize with other fire survivors, catch up, get information, and support each other.

Food will be provided by Foothills United Way and the Boulder County Fourmile Fire Recovery Office. Invited guests include Kate Newman, Jeffco Lower North Fork Recovery Coordinator, Amy Hardy, Foothills United Way Fourmile Resource Recovery Coordinator and Garry Sanfaçon, Boulder County Fourmile Fire Recovery Manager.

This is a chance to meet other fire survivors, share stories, and enjoy a lovely Spring evening in Chautauqua Park. Please RSVP to so we know how much food to provide.

Insurance Workshops

Did you know that 60% of the homes lost in the Fourmile Canyon Fire were underinsured?

Is your home adequately insured?

Please come to one of the following workshops to learn:

  • Easy to use tools, tips, and resources to assure that your home is adequately insured.
  • How to avoid the most common gaps in insurance coverage.
  • An accurate range of per square footage costs to rebuild in the mountains west of Boulder.
  • What Fourmile Fire Survivors wish they’d known about insurance before they lost their homes.
  • November 30th, 6:30 to 8:30pm
    Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, third floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder, CO
  • December 1st, 1 to 3pm
    Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center, 1306 Business Hwy 7, Allenspark, CO
  • December 1st, 7 to 9pm
    Nederland Community Center,
    750 Hwy 72, Nederland, CO

Insurance workshop materials: pdfs, tools and a Powerpoint all compressed in a zip file, for your downloading convenience.

For more information: Contact Amy E. Hardy, Fourmile Recovery Resource Coordinator, Foothills United Way, or 303-895-3418.

PACKED: A Film about the Fourmile Fire

“Packed” is a film about the evacuees from the Fourmile Fire and what they chose to take with them, not knowing if the possessions left behind would survive the massive blaze.


Gold Hill Inn
401 Main St.
Gold Hill, CO
Dec. 7, 2011 7pm

For more information please contact

Residential Fire Destruction Seminar

As part of Wildfire Awareness Month, Jack Cohen, a scientist with the USFS Missoula Fire Science Lab, will speak about Residential Fire Destruction During Wildfires (his talk will not be about the Fourmile Fire) on October 27, 7-8:30 p.m. at CU, Hale Hall, Room 270,. Here’s a link to Mr. Cohen:

Ham-Radio Training

The Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (BCARES) organization is holding a free one day seminar at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  There will be a second training Saturday, October 29 from 9AM to 5PM, at the Gold Hill Fire Barn. The purpose of this seminar is to assist individuals who are interested in acquiring their Technician level amateur radio license.  This license is required to legally operate a radio on the amateur radio frequencies.

With an amateur radio license, individuals will be able to participate in a new radio network being implemented by BCARES in the foothills and mountains of Boulder County.   The network is called MERN and stands for; the Mountain Emergency Radio Network and is intended to provide emergency communications capability when commercial power and or phone/cell service is interrupted for extended periods of time such as events like Four Mile Canyon fire.  During non-emergency time, the network is available for personal use by those who are properly licensed.

Class will consist of instructors who will take the students through the requirements necessary to pass the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) test which will be administered on November 9th.  The exact time and place will be announced soon.

Students should arrive before 9:00 AM and have a note book and pen to take notes and accumulate handout materials.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a lunch since the class will continue during the lunch hour.

If you have questions please contact Allen Bishop at (303) 437-7835 or by email.

For general questions about future Ham Radio Trainings in Gold Hill please contact Amy Hardy at

Fourmile Fire Commemorative Dinner

Thank you everyone for participating in the Fourmile Fire Commemorative Dinner. We had a total attendance of 320 people representing the four communities affected by the fire. Thank you to Amy Hardy, Foothills United Way Resource Coordinator for planning the event. Special thank you to the Blue Canyon Boys for their willingness to play bluegrass at no cost. For pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page.

Maria Rogers Oral History Program Event

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.

A Night at The Gold Hill Inn, A Fundraiser Dinner

Wednesday, September 7, 2011







We had a wonderful time during our Fourmile Fundraiser Dinner at the Gold Hill Inn. We had a total of 110 individuals attending. We are very grateful to the participating chefs and to the generous community. We raised a total of $24,500.

The participating chefs included:

Janos Wilder – Janos in Tuczon, AZ

Dave Query – Zolo in Boulder, CO

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson – Frasca in Boulder, CO

Bradford Heap – Salt Bistro in Boulder, CO

Hugo Matheson – The Kitchen, Boulder, CO

The event was organized by Janos Wilder, Amy Hardy, Fourmile Resource Coordinator at Foothills United Way, Brian Finn from the Gold Hill Inn and Adriana Galue. The chefs donated both time and ingredients for this wonderful dinner.

From the Ashes: A Recital Commemorating the Anniversary of the 2010  Four Mile Fire

A recital commemorating the Anniversary of the 2010 Four Mile Fire, with Emanuel Evans, cellist and Four Mile resident and Allegra Chapman, pianist.

This is a free concert but donations will be accepted for the Four Mile Fire Department.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 7PM at the First Congregational Church, Boulder


Help Rebuilt the Fourmile Fire Station

“Shake your Bootie or Give some Lootie”

Mountains’ Edge Fitness is holding a dance-a-thon, the proceeds to go towards new garage doors for the Salina Fire Station!

How to participate?

Arrive 9am-1pm on Sunday, September 11th

Mountains’ Edge Fitness at Table Mesa Shopping Center, 693 K South Broadway, Boulder

Donation of $1.00 to take part.

($2 per dance if a firefighter is on the floor) Yes, participating firefighters will double donations!

Four Mile Fire folks come along and dance to double the funds raised! To the Four Mile Community, please come and join the dance!
We hope to see you there!