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On Wednesday July 11, 2012, at approximately 7:45 pm members of the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Mountain View Fire Protection District and deputies from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a single family home in the Gunbarrel area, northeast of the City of Boulder, in unincorporated Boulder County on the report of an unresponsive 8 year old boy.

As the first deputy arrived he found that boy was not breathing and started CPR, after this the boy was transported to Boulder Community Hospital by ambulance where he died.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office and the Boulder County Coroner's Office. At this time foul play is not suspected.

The Coroner's Office will release the name of the deceased, once identification has been verified and notification has been made to the next of kin. The Coroner's Office will make the final determination as to the cause and manner of the boy's death.

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff's Office web-site at:



On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at approximately 1645 hours, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and Boulder County Sheriff's Office, along with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Rangers responded to the report of a 22-year old female who became stuck while scrambling on the the first Flatiron. The woman was not injured and eventually assisted back down to safety by Rocky Mountain Rescue Group members.

At about 1800 hours, a 16 year old female rock climber requested assistance in getting down off the first Flatiron as she fell while climbing the "Fandango" route and sustained a lower leg injury. Rocky Mountain Rescue responded and assisted the climber to safety.

At around the same time, another rescue was reported on the Green Ridge Trail off of Flagstaff Drive. A 52 year old male injured his leg and required assistance and advanced medical care. Rocky Mountain Rescue Group members responded and used a litter to carry the man to safety.

Although the Flatirons appear to be a low complexity climb, caution should be considered when climbing the higher sections of the iconic formations. The rock is typically slick, the slopes steep, and the climb quickly becomes treacherous without proper equipment and climbing knowledge.



On July 10, 2012, Sheriff Joe Pelle amended the current fire ban by allowing open burning on the plains of Boulder County. The ban will continue to prohibit open burning in the mountains, with the exception of campfires and charcoal grills in permanent and maintained fire pits in campgrounds and on private property. The sale and use of fireworks will continue to be banned in the mountain areas of Boulder County. The new amendments to the fire ban will take effect at noon today.

The "plains" are defined as the area east of Highway 93 and Highway 36 (the North and South Foothills Highways), and Broadway Avenue through the City of Boulder, in unincorporated Boulder County, excluding Rabbit Mountain Open Space.

The "mountain areas" of Boulder County include all unincorporated areas West of Highway 93 and Highway 36 (North and South Foothills Highways), and Broadway Avenue through the City of Boulder and includes Rabbit Mountain Open Space.

To see current fire and shooting restrictions for United States Forest Service properties go to the following website,", and click on "Alerts and Notices".

The decision to amend the ban was due to the moisture we received this past weekend. Although the current moisture will make a difference lowering our wild fire severity and potential, our local grasses and light flashy fuels will dry out relatively quickly and post the greatest threat to rapid fire spread. Caution is advised as folks resume using open flame fires for recreational purposes and agricultural maintenance. Please refrain from burning during windy conditions and have a readily available water supply.

On July 1, 2012, the Boulder County Commissioners passed Boulder County Ordinance 2012-02, developing a permitting system that will encompass public health, local fire protection districts, and Boulder County requirements in a "one stop" online application process. In addition, permits may be obtained by mail or picked up in person at many of the County's public buildings. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens that prior to burning (agricultural burn or slash pile) they must obtain a permit. Campfires are excluded from the permitting process.

The fire ban will remain in effect until the hazardous fire conditions subside. Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class 2 petty offense and may be subject to a $500 fine. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.

This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff's Office web-site at: