Labor Day Wildfire

On Labor Day a wildfire broke out in Four Mile Canyon northwest of Boulder. A dry August and high winds created conditions ideal for the fire which ripped through the canyon. Six thousand acres were ablaze by the end of the day, forcing the evacuation of 3,000 residents. Firemen contained the blaze a week later but not before 169 homes were destroyed, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado history at the time.

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