Boulder County Sees 2 Fires

Two wildfires are burning in Boulder County, Colorado igniting a day from one another.

LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE

The newest wildfire is called the LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE which ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Fire behavior is said to be very active. It is located in the 14000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, near Ward, Colorado.

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Photo Credit | Boulder County Office of Emergency Management

Immediate evacuations by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office consisted of Deputies going out to the nearby town of Ward, Gold Hill, Sunshine Canyon and surrounding areas.

Evacuation point set up at Nederland Community Center 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466. Livestock should go to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds at 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk CO 80422.

The areas north of Ward, Gold hill and the 10,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive. Included in the evacuation order are residents of Spring Gulch Road and Gold Lake Road. Leave the area immediately if you are in those zones.

The fire has burned 303 acres.

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Photo Credit | Arvada Fire Department

CALWOOD FIRE

CALWOOD FIRE would be the County’s first wildfire that broke out about three miles west of the town of Jamestown and prompting emergency evacuations of nearby Heil Valley Ranch and Hall Ranch Trails.

Boulder County EOC was activated on October 17th. Fire management is in Unified Command with USFS IC Griffin and Boulder County Buchanan.

The fire has burned 8,788 acres. Crews have reached a 15% containment status. The footprint has held steadily, according to county officials.

No new fire growth has been observed.

There are 445 total personnel still assigned to this incident.

26 homes have been damaged. Out of respect for those who have been impacted by so much, we will not publish the areas where homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed. However, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has a list of homes and their addresses on their website, which can be found at: https://www.boulderoem.com/

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Larimer County | https://member.everbridge.net/892807736722338/new

Boulder County | https://www.bouldercounty.org

911 Reverse | For landlines only.

TRANSPORTATION NEEDS

303-413-7730 | For Transportation assistance needs.

MENTAL HEALTH

Reaching out for help is definitely not a weaken and nothing to be ashamed about. There are just traumatic times in our lives we have absolutely no control over and professionals out there that can help through various methods.

303-447-1665 – Mental Health Partners

844-493-8255 – Rock Mountain Mental Health

MAPS

Maps of both fires can be found on the BOCO website located at https://bouldercounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=13ab214fe2bb4da5a850df0ca0f00fc5

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