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CalWood & Lefthand Fire Updates

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

Message from Mayor Larsen – October 24, 2020

Good morning everyone. Like all of you, I’m watching what’s happening in Grand Lake and Estes Park with a heavy sadness and feelings of dread.

Today is going to be a hard day across our area as the strong winds from last night continue and we count down the minutes until the snow.

We’ve ben incredibly lucky here in Ned so far this fire season, but it’s clearly not over yet. Our emergency staff are doing an incredible job, from Ned Fire who have been out on the front lines fighting the fires while still responding instantly to issues here in town, to our Police officers who have expanded their duties to help enforce the closure of the forests and trails around town, to Town Staff who are keeping atop the rapidly changing situations and making plans we hope not to have to use.

Today is an important day for all of us to be vigilant. It is a day for us to watch out for our forests and if we see something, report it. It’s a day for us to be kind to those living around us, some who are facing the cold nights in the forest, and remind them of the help available at the Community Center. It is a day for us all to consider what we can do to make our homes and neighborhoods safer, both for the rest of this fire season and looking ahead to next year’s.

Snow is coming, and with it a reprieve from the stress of the last few weeks. Until then, let’s all look out for each other and ensure that Nederland gets through this troublesome time.

 

Latest Updates from Nederland Police/Fire Department

October 20, 2020 @ 8am: After a day of moderate fire behavior, the #CalWoodFire is 9,106 acres and 17% contained while the #LefthandCanyonFire is 386 acres and 4% contained. The use of aerial assets was effective on both fires today as winds were diminished from the past two days. Higher elevation winds are expected at times over the next two days with the highest wind gusts of 35-45 mph occurring overnight tonight above 8000 feet. Engines will be out working on both fires throughout the night.

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 28, 2020 @ 12:30pm – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black:

  • Current Situation: The CalWood Fire had minimal fire activity on Tuesday after snow blanketed the fire area over the weekend. Warmer temperatures on Tuesday prompted some snowmelt, but many sheltered areas of the fire are expected to have snow cover for several days. Smoke will be visible through the day and flames may be visible at night as fuels inside containment lines continue to burn in the coming days and weeks. The fire remains at 10,105 acres and is 76% contained.
  • Today at 6:00 p.m., Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black will transfer command of the fire to a unified command comprised of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Fire Management. Firefighters will continue patrolling and monitoring the fire.
  • Team Black Incident Commander Troy Hagan noted the excellent support from the community and all the agencies involved in managing the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. “Team Black appreciates the local communities’ support during our time assigned to the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires,” said Incident Commander Hagan. “The coordination and relationships among local agencies were critical in the successful results we have seen on these incidents to date.”
  • This will the last written update for the CalWood Fire unless significant activity occurs. Any future updates will be posted to the CalWood Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/).
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: The forecast for Wednesday is sunny and cool, with temperatures ranging from the high 30s to mid 40s. Winds are expected to be light, up to 8 mph on the ridgetops. This evening will be clear, with lows in the 20s. There is a warming trend for the rest of the week. By the weekend, highs could be in the lower 40s to mid 50s.
  • Closures and Evacuations: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation orders and evacuation warnings. For complete information on road closures and evacuations in Boulder County, please visit the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) website at https://boulderoem.com or https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD.
  • The U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands in Grand, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties; for more information on these emergency closures, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ. Boulder County Parks and Open Space has closed multiple properties to public use; for more information on these closures, please visit https://boco.org/BCPOSfireclosures.
  • Air Quality: Recent snow continues to limit fire behavior and smoke. Longmont, Boulder, and the greater Denver area will exhibit good to moderate air quality through Wednesday. For more details and localized information, visit: https://airnow.gov. For a smoke forecast for Colorado’s central Front Range; please visit https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit: www.Boco911Alert.com.
CalWood Fire Statistics: 

Size: 10,105 acres

Containment: 76%

Total Personnel: 236 

Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO

Reported: October 17

Cause: Under Investigation 

For More Information: 

Fire Information Office: (720) 310-5598
(through 6 p.m. October 28)

Boulder County OEM: (303) 441-1500

(beyond 6 p.m. October 28)

Interactive Story Map: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/ 

Facebook: @CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires 

October 27, 2020 @ 12:30pm – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black:

  • Current Situation: After a winter storm moved through Colorado’s Front Range over the weekend and into Monday, the CalWood Fire area is experiencing near record cold temperatures. There has been little to no fire activity, with much of the fire under several inches of snow. The fire remains at 10,105 acres and is 76% contained.
  • Firefighters will be patrolling and monitoring the fire today, concentrating on the northwest side along Highway 7 in Division A. Some resources will be released from the incident to be available for other assignments. Crews will continue monitoring the fire in the coming days until declared out.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: The forecast for Tuesday is clear skies, light winds, and highs in the low to mid-30s. Winds are expected to be light throughout the day. This evening will be clear, with lows in the 20s. Snow cover is expected to persist with melting beginning on south facing slopes. As temperatures warm through the week, snow is expected to remain on north-facing slopes.
  • Closures and Evacuations: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuation orders and evacuation warnings over this past weekend. For complete information on road closures and evacuations in Boulder County, please visit the Office of Emergency Management website at https://boulderoem.com or https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD.
  • The U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands in Grand, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties; for more information on these emergency closures, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ. Boulder County Parks and Open Space has closed multiple properties to public use; for more information on these closures, please visit https://boco.org/BCPOSfireclosures.
  • Air Quality: Recent snow continues to limit fire behavior and smoke. The Boulder area will exhibit good to moderate air quality through Wednesday. Please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov. A smoke forecast is available for the Colorado’s central Front Range; please visit https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange for more information.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
CalWood Fire Statistics:

Size: 10,105 acres

Containment: 76%

Total Personnel: 355

Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO

Reported: October 17

Cause: Under Investigation

Lefthand Canyon Fire Statistics:

Size: 460 acres

Containment: 100%

Location: 1 mile E of Ward, CO

Reported: October 18

Cause: Under Investigation

For More Information:

Fire Information Office: (720) 310-5598

Interactive Story Map: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/

Lefthand Canyon Inciweb:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7247/

Facebook: @CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires

 

October 24, 2020 @ 9am – Incident Management Team:

  • Current Situation: Containment of the CalWood Fire increased on Friday as most of the fire area experienced minimal activity through the day. Some heat and smoke were observed around both fires, but all containment lines held. Crews were able to increase containment and continue strengthening lines along the southern edge of the fire. Today, a Red Flag Warning is in effect for high winds this afternoon through early Sunday morning as a cold front moves into the area. Firefighters are expected to take advantage of conditions ahead of this afternoon’s winds to continue building on yesterday’s successes. Priorities will be to focus on increasing containment by improving and mopping up lines around most of the fire’s edge. As the fire backs down towards Highway 7, firefighters are patrolling and improving lines along contained portions of the perimeter. Crews are scouting for opportunities to construct fire lines to prevent the fire’s spread up or down the South St.Vrain canyon. The Lefthand Canyon Fire reached 100% containment on Thursday. Crews continue to mop up and patrol containment lines. Firefighters will be assigned to patrol fire lines and make improvements as necessary.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for both fire areas from Saturday morning at midnight until 3 a.m. Sunday morning due to stronger winds coming from the west starting around mid-afternoon. Relativity Humidity (RH) is expected to remain above 25% through the day. The windy and slightly drier conditions on both fires will enhance burning conditions on Saturday afternoon. Both fires may become active due to projected wind gusts of up to 45 mph on the ridgetops, 35 mph in the valleys, and a potential for up to 60 mph in the canyons.
  • Closures and Evacuations: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office made modifications to some evacuation orders and evacuation warnings on Friday. For complete information on evacuations for both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD or visit https://boulderoem.com. The U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands in Grand, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties; for more information on these emergency closures, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ for more information. Boulder County Parks and Open Space closed multiple properties to public use on Wednesday; for more information on these closures, please visit https://boco.org/BCPOSfireclosures.
  • Air Quality: As a result of the East Troublesome and other fires many areas may experience levels of smoke from moderate to Unsafe for Sensitive Groups (USG) including higher elevations of Larimer and Boulder Counties. Drainages between Allenspark, Boulder, and Longmont may experience moderate levels of smoke Friday and Saturday morning. Please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov. A smoke forecast is available for the central Front Range; please visit https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange for more information.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
CalWood Fire Statistics:

Size: 10,095 acres

Containment: 66%

Total Personnel: 495

Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO

Reported: October 17

Cause: Under Investigation

Lefthand Canyon Fire Statistics:

Size: 460 acres

Containment: 100%

Total Personnel: 50

Location: 1 mile E of Ward, CO

Reported: October 18

Cause: Under Investigation

For More Information:

Fire Information Office: (720) 310-5598

Boulder County Call Center: (303) 413-7730

Interactive Story Map: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/

Lefthand Canyon Inciweb:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7247/

Facebook: @CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires

 

October 23, 2020, 10:00 AM News

  • All restrictions to RESIDENTS have been lifted. Residents may return home.
    Residents may return (and stay) home. All restrictions to RESIDENTS have been lifted.*
  • Please check in with the law enforcement official at the soft road closure to your neighborhood and be ready to show information that proves your residency in that area. Contractors and third-party vendors are not yet allowed to access these areas. (*Note: if you live within a residential area with extensive fire damage, Sheriff’s deputies may ask you to leave again by 6 p.m.)
  • Public Information Map, which will be updated this morning is www.boco.org/OEMInfoMap. Those granted full re-entry are asked to remain on alert and be ready to evacuate again should fire conditions change.
  • Re-entry Procedures: Residents may need to provide proof of residency to Sheriff’s Office deputies stationed at entry points depending on the route they take to their residence. Proof of residency can include:
    • Driver’s license with current address.
    • ID and mail identifying the property owner and the address.
    • ID and paperwork showing name and property inside zone.
  • Sanitation Stations Being Established

    Boulder County will provide dumpsters (spoiled food waste only), portable toilets, and hand washing/sanitation stations at seven locations throughout the reentry areas

    • Riverside – 3638 Riverside Dr., Lyons, CO 80481 (Riverside Drive & CO 72)
    • Jamestown – 3 Main St., Jamestown, CO 80455 (or Elysian Park, just across the street from 3 Main)
    • Ward – 144 Utica St, Ward, CO 80481
    • Lake of the Pines – 3091 N. Lakeridge Trail, Boulder, CO 80302
    • Bar K – 1180 Rock Lake Rd., Ward 80481 (the parking area by Rock Lake)
    • Gold Hill – 401 Main St., Boulder, CO 80302
    • Buckingham Park – Intersection of Lefthand Canyon Drive & Olde Stage Road
    • Dumpsters will be available until 6 p.m. and dedicated for the collection and disposal of spoiled food only. Dumpsters will be replaced the following day if allowed by the Sheriff’s Office. DO NOT dispose of any non-food items such as fire ash, debris, or hazardous waste.
If you have not already, sign up for www.boco911alert.com to receive messages about imminent threats and hazards by text message, email, and/or on your cell, home or work phone.

 

October 23, 2020 @ 9:45am – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black:

  • Current Situation: Firefighters took advantage of the cold front that moved into the area on Thursday to significantly increase containment on both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. In Divisions N and Z, crews worked east and west towards each other, improving and mopping up containment lines on the south side of the fire. On the north edge of the fire, crews in Divisions F and Division A also patrolled and mopped up lines that were accessible. In the steeper terrain in Division A, crews monitored as the fire slowly worked its way down the canyon towards Highway 7. The CalWood Fire is 55% contained.
  • On Friday, crews will continue building on yesterday’s success in increasing containment by improving and mopping up lines around most of the fire’s edge. Firefighters will also be patrolling and improving lines along contained portions of the fire’s edge. In the South St. Vrain Canyon, crews will be monitoring the fire as it backs down towards Highway 7. Other firefighters in that area will be scouting for opportunities to construct fire lines to prevent the fire’s spread up or downcanyon. Fire behavior is expected to be light to moderate through the day.
  • The Lefthand Canyon Fire reached 100% containment on Tuesday. Crews worked through the day to mop up and patrol containment lines. Firefighters will be assigned to patrol fire lines and make improvements as necessary.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: Cool, cloudy, and moist conditions are expected through the day Friday. Temperatures are expected to peak at 36 degrees and humidity will remain at 50% or above through the afternoon over both fires. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect over both fires from Friday night for low humidity and wind gusts to 20-25 mph on the CalWood Fire and gusts to 25-30 mph on the Lefthand Canyon Fire.
  • Closures and Evacuations: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office made modifications to some evacuation orders and evacuation warnings on Thursday. For complete information on evacuations for both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD, visit https://boulderoem.com, or call (303) 413-7730.
  • The U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands in Grand, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties; for more information on these emergency closures, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ. Boulder County Parks and Open Space closed multiple properties to public use on Wednesday; for more information on these closures, please visit https://boco.org/BCPOSfireclosures.
  • Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Action Day Alert for the Colorado Front Range until at least 4pm today due to locally heavy smoke in parts of northern Boulder and southern Larimer counties in close proximity to the Calwood and Left Hand Canyon wildfires, and downwind from the East Troublesome wildfire. Please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov. A smoke forecast is available for the central Front Range; please visit https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange for more information.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
CalWood Fire Statistics:

Size: 10,073 acres

Containment: 55%

Total Personnel: 494

Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO

Reported: October 17

Cause: Under Investigation

Lefthand Canyon Fire Statistics:

Size: 460 acres

Containment: 100%

Total Personnel: 50

Location: 1 mile E of Ward, CO

Reported: October 18

Cause: Under Investigation

For More Information:

Boulder County Call Center: (303) 413-7730

Interactive StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/

Lefthand Canyon Inciweb:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7247/

Facebook: @CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires

October 22, 2020 @ 9:00am – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black:

  • Current Situation: Both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires increased containment on Wednesday with minimal fire growth. The CalWood Fire is now 24% contained and the Lefthand Canyon Fire is 43% contained. Yesterday, crews on the southeast edge of the CalWood Fire conducted a successful tactical burn operation near the Balarat Education Center to protect structures in that area and connect constructed fire lines. Firefighters continued working in the Highway 7 corridor and along the northern edge of the fire constructing direct line and checking the progress of the fire to the north. Last night’s night shift was successful in holding the fire to minimal growth despite the overnight Red Flag Warning that brought warm temperatures and high winds to the ridgetops.
  • Firefighters on the CalWood Fire will continue yesterday’s work in all divisions. Crews on the southeastern side of the fire continue to build line as the fire backs down the hill towards Spruce Gulch. On the southwestern side of the fire, crews will patrol the area near yesterday’s firing operation. On the north side of the fire, crews will continue working on the canyon’s edge and in the Highway 7 corridor with the intent of keeping the fire south of Highway 7. Crews on the northeast side of the fire will continue constructing and patrolling fire lines.
  • Firefighters were able to secure the southern edge of the Lefthand Canyon Fire on Wednesday and no new growth was recorded after midday yesterday. Crews working on the north side of the fire continued mopping up and improving containment lines. Further increases in containment will come as additional containment lines are secured.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions:A cold front arrived over the fire area early this morning and will continue moving into the area through the day. Temperatures will fall through the afternoon, dropping below freezing after sunset. Humidity will also be increasing over both fires today, rising to 60-70% over the course of the day. The changing weather conditions are also expected to temper fire activity today.
  • Closures and Evacuations: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office enacted an evacuation order for Lyons Park Estates on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution for last night’s high winds and low humidity. All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in place. For more information on evacuations for both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD or visit https://boulderoem.com. The U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties; for more information on these emergency closures, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ. Boulder County Parks and Open Space closed multiple properties to public use on Wednesday; for more information on these closures, please visit https://boco.org/BCPOSfireclosures.
  • Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Action Day Alert for the Colorado Front Range until at least 4pm today due to moderate to heavy smoke near the Cameron Peak, CalWood, and Lefthand Canyon fires. For further information on smoke forecasts and public health, please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
CalWood Fire Statistics:

Size: 10,073 acres

Containment: 24%

Total Personnel: 440

Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO

Reported: October 17

Cause: Under Investigation

Lefthand Canyon Fire Statistics:

Size: 460 acres

Containment: 43%

Total Personnel: 46

Location: 1 mile E of Ward, CO

Reported: October 18

Cause: Under Investigation

For More Information:

Boulder County Call Center: (303) 413-7730

Interactive StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/

Lefthand Canyon Inciweb:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7247/

Facebook: @CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires

 

October 21, 2020 @ 4pm – Boulder County Sherriff’s Office:

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is not conducting escorted homeowner visits into the evacuated areas today Weds., Oct. 21, because of the anticipated high wind weather today and resources being dedicated to evacuating Lyons Park Estates. We remain committed to assisting residents to make these home visits as soon as the weather and resources allow, possibly tomorrow Thurs., Oct. 22. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to battle the #CalWoodFire and #LeftHandCanyonFire.

October 21, 2020 @ 9:30am – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black:

  • Current Situation: On Tuesday, both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires were moderately active. Winds kept aircraft grounded in the morning, but aircraft were able to support suppression efforts in the afternoon when the winds died down. Crews constructed containment lines along the south side of the fire on Tuesday and conducted tactical firing operations on the southwest side of the fire to connect existing control lines. Firefighters also worked in the Highway 7 corridor and along the fire’s north edge constructing direct line and checking the fire’s progress to the north. Containment on the CalWood fire increased to 21% on Tuesday.
  • Today, dozers, engines, and hand crews will work on the southeastern side of the fire to build line as the fire backs down the hill towards Spruce Gulch. On the southwestern side of the fire, crews will continue tactical firing operations to connect sections of existing line and protect structures in the Balarat area. On the northeast side of the fire, crews will continue working on the canyon’s edge and in the Highway 7 corridor with the intent of keeping the fire south of Highway 7. Crews on the north side of the fire will continue constructing and patrolling fire lines.
  • Crews were able to get containment lines connected around the full perimeter of the Lefthand Canyon Fire on Tuesday. Those lines will be strengthened today. Firefighters assigned to the Lefthand Canyon Fire will be mopping up or removing heat from near the containment lines and patrolling for any spot fires that may cross established lines due to this afternoon’s winds. An increase in containment will come as those containment lines are secured to the point that firefighters are comfortable that the containment lines will hold.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for both fire areas from noon today until 8 a.m. Thursday morning due to gusty west-southwest winds and low humidity. Winds will be lighter in the morning across the fire area but will increase in the afternoon. As the day progresses, winds will shift to coming from the southwest and increase to 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph in Lefthand Canyon and 10-18 mph with gusts to 30 mph along the ridge tops. Relative humidity will be lower than yesterday at 18-25%, depending on location. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s in lower elevations and low 60s in higher elevations. An inversion layer will be in place over the fires again this morning and smoke from nearby fires may temper fire activity, as was the case on Tuesday.
  • Closures and Evacuations: Road closures, evacuation orders, and evacuation warnings put in place by Boulder County Sheriff’s Office remain in effect for areas near both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. For more information on evacuation orders near both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD. Effective today, the U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest lands in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties. For more information on this emergency closure, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ.
  • Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Action Day Alert for the Colorado Front Range until at least 4pm today due to moderate to heavy smoke near the Cameron Peak, CalWood, and Lefthand Canyon fires. For further information on smoke forecasts and public health, please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
CalWood Fire Statistics:

Size: 9,915

Containment: 21%

Total Personnel: 411

Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO

Reported: October 17

Cause: Under Investigation

Lefthand Canyon Fire Statistics:

Size: 460

Containment: 4%

Total Personnel: 115

Location: 1 mile E of Ward, CO

Reported: October 18

Cause: Under Investigation

For More Information:

Boulder County Call Center: (303) 413-7730

Interactive StoryMap: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/

Lefthand Canyon Inciweb:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7247/

Facebook: @CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires

 

October 21, 2020 @ 8am – Calwood/Lefthand Fires Incident Meteorologist:

Today a Red Flag warning becomes effective at noon and high winds and low relative humidity conditions are forecast through tomorrow morning when a cold front will move in. Precipitation is predicted Saturday through Monday. Stay alert and be prepared!

October 20, 2020 @ 5:30pm – Boulder Office of Emergency Management:

The Red Cross has a Disability Integration Coordinator that can help with disability needs, including coordination of transportation for evacuation. If you or anyone you know need assistance, please contact 719-582-5792.

#CalWoodFire #LefthandCanyonFire

October 20, 2020 @ 3pm – IMT Team:
  • This afternoon, the CalWood Fire has been more active on the south side, being fueled by this morning’s stronger west winds. Firefighters are actively building containment lines as the fire backs southward down the slope. There has also been some activity on the northeast side of the fire, mostly from interior fuels burning. Crews continue working in all divisions constructing containment line and patrolling established lines. The contained portion of the fire near Highway 36 is holding.
  • The Lefthand Canyon Fire has had some increased activity today as well. Crews have been primarily working on the north side of the fire, south of the Spring Gulch Road to build control lines.
  • An interactive fire map has been created for the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires to help residents stay informed. One feature of the map is that you can input an address and see where the fire perimeter is in relation to your location. There is also a ‘measure tool’ that allows you to measure the distance from a specific location or address to the fire. We intend to create additional layers in the coming days to make the map more functional. That map can be found at https://arcg.is/1ybX0u

October 20, 2020 @ 11am  –  Type 2 Team:

  • Current Situation: Crews made progress on both fires Monday, gaining additional containment on the CalWood Fire. Yesterday, crews on the CalWood Fire worked extensively on all divisions of the fire constructing line as direct as possible to the fire’s edge. Aircraft was used extensively on the north edge of the CalWood Fire to support ground crews constructing and mopping up line. Crews monitored for spot fires on the north side in the South St. Vrain drainage and on lands north of the fire’s edge. On the southern edge of the fire, crews continued line construction towards the west, in an effort to connect burned areas and lighter fuels into the 2003 Overland Fire burn scar. Containment increased to 17% on the CalWood Fire on Monday, all of which is located in lighter fuels on the east edge of the fire in the Highway 36 corridor. Today, CalWood firefighters will continue constructing firelines and mopping up hot spots. Aircraft will again be used to support those crews when conditions allow.
  • Crews made good progress on the Lefthand Canyon Fire Monday constructing fireline along lines of retardant put into place on Sunday. Helicopters dropped water to cool heat from interior hot spots while crews monitored for spot fires. Lefthand Canyon firefighters will continue building and improving containment lines today. Crews will also work to minimize fire spread and patrol for spot fires as winds increase over the fire area today. Aircraft will again be used to support ground operations.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: An inversion layer is expected to be over both fires this morning bringing a bit of cloud cover that will diminish before midday bringing sunny skies. Temperatures are expected to be up to 70 in the lower elevations with highs in the higher elevations in the upper 50s to low 60s. Winds are forecast to be higher this morning with 15-25 mph west winds over the higher elevations of the CalWood Fire and Lefthand Canyon Fire. Those ridgetop winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon to 8-11 mph. Winds are expected to be light at the lower elevations of the CalWood Fire throughout the day. A cold front will settle into the area around sunset. Ahead of this front, winds will shift out of the northeast from 5-10 mph. With the passage of the front, winds will shift back to the west around midnight. With the clearer skies and lower relative humidity today, more activity is expected on both fires.
  • Closures and Evacuations: Road closures, evacuation orders, and evacuation warnings put in place by Boulder County Sheriff’s Office remain in effect for areas near both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. For more information on evacuation orders near both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD. The U.S. Forest Service also has a closure in place on the Boulder Ranger District for public safety and to support firefighting efforts. Please visit: https://go.usa.gov/x7arZ.
  • Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Action Day Alert for the Colorado Front Range until at least 4pm Tuesday due to moderate to heavy smoke near the Cameron Peak, CalWood, and Lefthand Canyon fires. For further information on smoke forecasts and public health, please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

October 19, 2020 @ 3pm – Office of Emergency Management: There have been some rumors circulating about an updated damage assessment for #CalWoodFire. There have been NO additions to the list from last night, but there is a clarification on three properties that were listed in Heil Valley Ranch. Click here for additional clarifying language about those three structures. All three structures are located on private property outside of Heil Ranch Open Space. None are primary residential homes.

October 19, 2020 @ 1:45pm – Post Office: Postal customers who live on Highway 7 between the Town of Lyons and Highway 72 may retrieve their mail at the Lyons Post Office, 305 Railroad Ave., Lyons. They are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents that utilize the Ward Post Office may pick up their mail at the Nederland Post Office, 350 East St., Nederland. They are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

October 19, 2020 @ 1pm – Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black:

  • Current Situation: The higher humidity with the inversion layer covered most of the CalWood Fire for most of the day yesterday, which led to minimal fire activity and no measurable fire growth. Due to the inversion, aircraft use was limited through the day. Crews worked extensively on all divisions of the fire constructing line as direct as possible to the fire’s edge. Control lines were constructed between the fire and structures on the west and southwest side of the fire. Today, crews will continue line construction to protect structures and gain further containment. Aircraft will be used to support those crews if conditions allow. Crews on the east side of the fire will be mopping up and securing lines near the Highway 36 corridor and in places where lines are complete.
  • The Lefthand Canyon Fire was largely above the inversion layer yesterday, so aircraft were used extensively in assisting ground crews. Firefighters constructed containment lines yesterday and that work will continue today with the assistance of aircraft when possible. Crews will also work to minimize fire spread and patrol for spot fires as activity increases through the day.
  • Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team Black assumed command of both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires at 6:00 a.m. this morning. “We appreciate the hard work and quick action by the Boulder Incident Management Team and all of the many responding agencies,” said Team Black Incident Commander Troy Hagan.
  • Weather & Fuel Conditions: Weather over both fires is expected to be sunny through the morning then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be 58-64º and humidity 20-22%. Winds over the CalWood Fire are expected to be 8-12 mph out of the west through the day with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon. Winds over the Lefthand Canyon Fire are expected to be 10-15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Despite yesterday’s higher humidity, fuels remain critically dry and fire activity is expected to increase midday as humidity decreases and heat will be stoked by the increasing winds.
  • Closures and Evacuations: Road closures, evacuation orders, and evacuation warnings put in place by Boulder County Sheriff’s Office remain in effect for areas near both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. For more information on evacuation orders near both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD. The U.S. Forest Service also has a closure in place on the Boulder Ranger District for public safety and to support firefighting efforts. Please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=62734.
  • Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Action Day Alert for the Colorado Front Range until at least 4pm Monday due to moderate to heavy smoke near the Cameron Peak, CalWood, and Lefthand Canyon fires. For further information on smoke forecasts and public health, please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov.
  • Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com.
  • Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fires, all aircraft will be grounded until the drone is confirmed as clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

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 ESF19

  • Wild Bear Nature Center is offering childcare to emergency workers and to support families impacted by the fires. Please call 303-258-0495.
  • Community Foundation Boulder County has established a 2020 Fires Relief Fund has to support individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations affected by the Cal-wood and Lefthand Canyon Fires.

Disaster Assistance Center

We know this is a very difficult time for all those impacted by the #CalWoodFire and #LefthandCanyonFire here in Boulder County. We want you to know we are here to help. Boulder County has the following supports available for any household that was evacuated or otherwise impacted due to the fires:

  • Food assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Financial counseling
  • Health coverage
  • Transportation assistance
  • Referrals and linkages to other basic needs
  • Mental health supports
  • Help with debris removal

The virtual Disaster Assistance Center will operate weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning October 23. Contact the Disaster Assistance Center at 303-441-1206. Leave a message with your name, phone number and/or email address, and physical address, along with a brief description of the help you need. We will get back to you within two business days.

Wildfire Mitigation

Media

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