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Fourmile Canyon Fire exhibit opens 1 year after blaze

10:08 AM, Sep 7, 2011   |    comments
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The fire burned 6,200 acres and destroyed 169 homes, changing the landscape and lives in Boulder County.

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"What scientist have concluded with the Fourmile Canyon Fire is that it was actually very consistent the history of fire in the area. The behaviors that it showed and the patterns that it displayed were pretty normal over the span of history. What was [abnormal] are how many homes were in the area," Meredith Gartner, museum spokesperson and Unversity of Colorado doctoral candidate, said.

The Fourmile Canyon Fire is set up as an exhibit at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum. This week, it will be used as a history lesson for museum guests.

"The museum of Natural History collaborated with the Department of Geography to really help visitors to understand the science behind forest fires. We would like to put a positive spin on it and let people know that there is hope and show that fires can actually be helpful for ecosystems," Gartner said.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit will have an official opening on Sep. 16 at 6 p.m.

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