Above the Ashes


Above the Ashes

Above the Ashes is an award winning documentary that reveals untold heroes, the strength of mountain communities and the devastation caused by the catastrophic Fourmile fire that ravaged the mountain communities to the west of Boulder, Colorado.

The Fourmile fire was human caused and was accidentally started Labor Day 2010. Driven by powerful winds the Fourmile fire struck the historic mining town sites of Gold Hill and Sunshine with a vengeance. The most destructive fire in Colorado history, the Fourmile fire destroyed 169 homes and ravaged almost 7,000 acres of pristine pine forest.

Above the Ashes tells the stories of mountain residents that refused to evacuate the historic mining town site of Sunshine and fought the Fourmile fire. For five days the Fourmile fire burned out of control, charred the landscape and burnt homes completely to the ground.

Above the Ashes documents the Fourmile fire through the eyes of Sunshine residents who joined together to fight fire, taking action and saving numerous homes in the Sunshine community. Using haunting visuals Above the Ashes reveals tales of bravery, family, friends, loss and the rebuilding of a community.

A long time Boulder resident Michelle Bauer Carpenter and her family live in the historic mining town site of Sunshine located in the Fourmile fire burn area. “The losses our friends suffered are absolutely heartbreaking. Over half of the homes in our neighborhood were lost to the fire. As soon as we were allowed home I began documenting the devastation”.


  • Date : April 18, 2014
  • Tags : Recent Work