COLORADO’S WILDFIRES

While some States are see a reduced number of wildfires due to either rain or through containment during favorable weather condition, Colorado has seen their fair share of wildfires.

Here is a current list of wildfires burning in Colorado.

ARAPAHO AND ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FORESTS

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes | USFS

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Photo Credit | Mt View Fire Rescue

Active fire behavior with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and flanking. 205,005 acres of timber. 51% contained.

Several communities threatened. Evacuations. Closures in effect. 250 structures lost. $93.8 Million cost-to-date.

1,591 total personnel. 36 crews, 108 engines, 15 helicopters.

LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE | 1 mile E of Ward | USFS

Firefighters working along Lefthand Canyon Road on October 19.
Photo Credit | Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Pawnee National Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. 460 acres of timber. 43% contained.

Homes threatened. Closures in effect. $400,000 cost-to-date.

115 total personnel. 3 crews, 12 crews.

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | 15 miles SW of Fraser | USFS

Fire consumes aspen and lodgepole as the burning operation progresses on the Williams Fork Fire Aug. 24. Photo by Kari Greer
Photo Credit | USFS

Pawnee national Grassland. Minimal fire behavior with single tree torching, short-range spotting and creeping.

14,670 acres of timber and short grass. 26% contained.

Several communities and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $24 Million cost-to-date.

190 total personnel. 1 crew, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

BOULDER COUNTY

CALWOOD FIRE | 10 miles NW of Boulder | Boulder County lands

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Photo Credit | Boulder County OEM

RM Team Black Team, IMT 2 also managing the LEFTHAND FIRE.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching. 9,854 acres of timber, brush and short grass. 21% contained.

Several communities threatened. Closures in effect. 28 structures lost. $1.4 Million cost-to-date.

411 total personnel. 10 crews, 28 engines and 8 helicopters.

MEDICINE BOW-ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST

EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE | 16 miles NE of Kremmling | USFS

East Troublesome Fire, Oct. 16, 2020
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Active fire behavior with group torching and long-range spotting. Transfer of command from NR Team6, IMT2 to PNW Team 3, IMT1.

19,086 acres of timber and grass. 10% contained. $5.1 Million cost-to-date.

295 total personnel. 10 crews, 23 engines and 4 helicopters.

MIDDLE FORK FIRE | 10 miles N of Steamboat Springs | USFS

Unburned aspen and mixed conifer are visible in the foreground, with smoke rising behind a rocky ridge in the near distance.
Photo Credit | USFS

Thunder Basin Grassland. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

20,194 acres of timber. 1% contained. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effect. $6.4 Million cost-to-date.

114 total personnel. 3 engines and 3 helicopters.

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST

ICE FIRE | 5 miles W of Silverton | USFS

A mountain side with smoke rises in places is shown. The South Fork Mineral Creek Road is visible at the bottom.
Photo Credit | USFS

Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, spotting and backing. Structures and infrastructure threatened. Closures in effort.

583 acres of timber and short grass. 25% contained. $400,000 cost-to-date.

100 total personnel. 2 crews, 6 engines and 5 helicopters.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/21/2020 2030 PT

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