News of the Fourmile Fire spread from coast to coast and, apparently, so did word of a benefit concert for those affected by the state’s most destructive blaze in history.
The “Fourmile Canyon Revival” concert sold out in a blinding two minutes Tuesday morning.
The ticket sales raised more than $300,000 for a relief fund for the victims of the Sept. 6 Fourmile Fire, which burned down 169 homes west of Boulder.
Hopeful concert-goers at 10 a.m. Tuesday raced to be first at KBCO.com or Tickethorse.com to snag $60 tickets for the concert. Bands with Colorado roots are scheduled to play including The String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
Leftover Salmon and members of Phish also will play at the concert, which is sponsored by KBCO and will take place Oct. 9 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.
“I’m thrilled and a little surprised,” said Josie Heath, president of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, the fundraising organization putting on the concert.
Not only did tickets sell out fast, but organizers said the buyers were from across the country. Heath said some people expressed frustration that the tickets went so quickly.
“I wish we could have had it in Coors Field,” Heath said.
The capacity for the 1stBank Center is 6,500 people, and Tuesday’s ticket sales raised more than $300,000 for the Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation. That brings the total amount pledged to the fund to more than $400,000 so far.
Heath said the foundation and an advisory committee — which includes mountain residents and members of the fire districts — will determine guidelines for distributing the money. People will have to apply for grants, Heath said.
“No grants have been given yet, but we hope they will go out soon,” she said.
Event organizers saved a small number of tickets for volunteer firefighters, said Chris Barge, director of philanthropic services for the Community Foundation. Those tickets will be distributed by fire departments in the burn area, and firefighters should contact their chiefs about getting one, Barge said.
Although one of the largest, the Fourmile Canyon Revival concert is among numerous fundraising events to support the families who lost their homes in the blaze.
Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Co. is hosting a “Fire Fundraiser” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Kort McCumber, a fire evacuee who lives in the Gold Hill area with his wife, three dogs and two cats, is a musician who will play at tonight’s event. McCumber said he’s honored to be able to do something to help his neighbors, his friends.
“My first response was that I wished I was a volunteer firefighter so I could go back up and help,” he said, adding that his wife suggested he use his musical talent to help instead. “I’m happy to lend my skill and talent to raising money for all those affected.”
The Fourmile Fire burned 6,181 acres, evacuated 3,500 people and cost $9.4 million to fight.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office handed its investigation into how the fire started over to the District Attorney’s Office this week. DA Stan Garnett said his office could decide in a few days whether to file charges against the homeowner of the property where the fire is believed to have started.
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