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CalWood and Lefthand Fire Update – October 19, 2020 @ 12pm

During this difficult time, the Town of Nederland is striving to ensure that we provide the community with the most up-to-date information on the CalWood and Lefthand fires.

If there are any questions regarding any of the current fires in Boulder County, please contact the Fire Helpline Information # at 303-413-7730

Latest Updates from Nederland Police/Fire Department

October 19, 2020 @ 11:15am: Jamestown residents can go home to retrieve their personal items but must evacuate after doing so. Residents must show ID to prove residency.

Latest Updates from External Agencies 

October 19, 2020 @ 10:45am – FEMA: FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for two fires in Colorado. Grants can cover personnel and staffing, equipment and supplies, supplies, meals, health and safety items, pre-positioning resources, and emergency work. FEMA AUTHORIZES FUNDS TO FIGHT COLORADO’S EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE

October 19, 2020 @ 10:30am – Office of Emergency Management: The Type 2 Incident Management Team (Rocky Mountain Black) has taken over command of the #LefthandCanyonFire and the #CalWoodFire. Today they hope to get more air drops on the #CalWoodFire that they were unable to do yesterday due to the weather. The causes of the #CalWoodFire as well as the #LefthandCanyonFire are still under investigation.

Evacuation Center

Nederland Community Center (750CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466) is set up as an evacuation center from 8am – 8pm. Here are the details:
  • This is not an indoor sheltering situation. There will be water, snacks and information offered in the lower parking lot. Mental Health professionals from the Mountain Health Collaborative will be on site soon. Please offer friends shelter in your homes as there will be NO OVERNIGHT shelter in the Community Center.
  • Evacuees are urged to stay in their cars but come help themselves to food and water and info. If we end up needing overnight shelter, the Lodge in Ned has some rooms as does the Millennium in Boulder.
  • Livestock should go to the Gilpin County Fairground (230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk CO 80422).
  • Domestic animals can be taken to the Boulder County Humane Society (2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301).
The Town is recommending that all area residents prepare just in case you are asked to evacuate. Pack your essentials such as medications, pet food, and other supplies and make sure your vehicles have gas and are ready to go. Should fire activity change in such a manner that evacuation orders are instigated, you will be notified by reverse 911. This is automatic for land lines. Cellphones need to be registered through Everbridge notification. The general direction that people should travel out of town is to go south and east, should the need to evacuate arise.

Community Assistance

If you have donations and interested in volunteering, please email

  • Wild Bear Nature Center is offering childcare to emergency workers and to support families impacted by the fires. Please call 303-258-0495.


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