BOULDER – Fire officials say new infrared mapping of the Fourmile Canyon Fire released on Wednesday reveals it is 6,168 acres. Five people remain missing.
Twenty people were initially reported missing in the fire area and authorities say they have cleared 15 of those cases, but five people remain missing.
“They’re open investigations,” Cmdr. Rick Brough of the Boulder County Emergency Management Office said at a morning news briefing. At the time eight people were reportedly missing. “Many of those are people who didn’t evacuate. What we’re doing at this point in time: We’re doing follow-ups with them, contacting relatives, sending officers up to do welfare checks at their residence.”
Authorities say three of the people were reported missing within the burn area and two others were within the evacuation area. One of those missing people, officials say, refused to evacuate.
Authorities say the fire did not grow overnight, thanks in part to cooler weather and an increased relative humidity.
The fire has been designated a Type I emergency, which means it is a national priority.