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Fire crews already have battled historic blazes raging across Colorado, and there are still months of summer ahead.

In September, residents will have a chance to show the firefighters how much they appreciate their hard work. Colorado firefighters will be honored during a new weeklong tribute called Firefighter Appreciation Week, culminating in a one-day festival in Boulder.

Firefighter Appreciation Week will run from Sept. 8-15 and end with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival on Sept. 15 at Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street mall.

The event was created by David Clark, who grew up in Boulder and ran track for the University of Colorado before starting a company.

The money raised will benefit Colorado fire stations, including a new fire engine for the Sunshine Fire Protection District in Boulder County. But Clark said the event is also about giving people a chance to show firefighters how much they appreciate everything crews do to keep them safe.

"There are going to be firefighters from all over the state there, and it will give the public a chance to go up to them and thank these guys," Clark said. "How often do you get to do that normally? People don't normally walk into fire stations to thank them."


The Sept. 15 festival in Boulder will feature the Fight Fire With Beer Governor's Cup, which will be judged by Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado fire chiefs. The winning brewery will have the honor of creating the official Fight Fire With Beer beer, which will be featured in bars and restaurants and made available for retail sale the entire year.

"We are pleased and proud to support Firefighter Appreciation Week and hope every Coloradan honors those who put their lives on the line to protect us," Hickenlooper said in a statement.

Clark said there will also be music and food as well as a chance for the public to look at fire trucks and equipment and talk to the firefighters themselves.

"It's a great way to enable the public to show their support for firefighters," he said. "It can be a pretty thankless job sometimes."

Denver Post staff writer Howard Pankratz contributed to this report.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329 or byarsm@dailycamera.com.