“Today is a new day and I expect it to be a day for offensive firefighting,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a Facebook post Sunday. The fast-moving new CalWood fire northwest of Boulder ignited on a dry, windy Saturday that also saw continued growth of the 2-month-old Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County — the largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history nearing 200,000 acres — and the more recent East Troublesome fire, which started Wednesday in Grand County. For the last 4-5 days , the winds have blowing at these elevations non stop at greater than 30mph. Dry conditions and heavy wind pushed the Calwood and Cameron Peak fires east on Saturday. It takes a good day’s drive to cover Colorado, but we’ll help you do it in a few minutes each morning. The fire is apparently named after the nearby Lefthand Canyon Drive and Lefthand Canyon. Record-setting Cameron Peak wildfire consumes more than 200,000 acres in Colorado To the south, firefighters near Boulder were also battling a … A few hundredths of an inch of rain may not have penetrated the tree canopies, leaving the ground fuels still very dry. The Calwood fire ignited October 17, 2020, in the foothills above Boulder. Officials told residents of Lyons, north of Boulder, to prepare to evacuate on Sunday, but issued no new evacuation orders related to the Calwood fire. Have a bag packed & be ready to leave with very little notice. "We know it’s fun and you get great pictures, but it can impact fire fighting efforts," she said. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Boulder County fire officials have a crew responding to the so-called CalWood Fire near the Cal-Wood Education Center. He said … A wildfire near Boulder, Colorado, has prompted the evacuation of 426 homes. Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Bean. These are not conditions that usually lead to the rapid spread of a vegetation fire. Another fire near the front range of Colorado, Updated October 18, 2020   |    7:30 p.m. MDT. Your email address will not be published. It’s the largest growth of the wildfire since Sept. 6 and 7, when record hot and dry conditions in northern Colorado allowed it to triple in size and swell 66,426 acres in two days. The East Troublesome Fire, located near Grimes Peak in the Arapaho National Forest, ... about 65 miles west of Boulder, Colorado, ... Other Colorado fires still burning. Lee Hill Road is closed at Lefthand Canyon, as is Olde Stage Road. It is not common to see fog and a column of smoke from a 300-acre fire near each other at approximately the same elevation. The fire … The Lefthand Fire has been mapped at 303 acres. seems like too much coincidence based on timing…looking from 2000 miles away…but I would be looking for a hiker? Areas west of Fort Collins remain under evacuation orders. Colorado wildfires rage as blaze incinerates dozens of mountain homes, ranks among state's costliest fires The Cameron Peak Fire has burned over 205,000 acres and is 51% contained By Sunday morning, the wildfire grew to … If someone is mowing their lawn and the blade hits a rock and sparks, a vehicle accident starts a fire, a cigarette is tossed, or if a trailer is dragging a chain generating sparks, those are human caused… along with dozens of other human-related ignition sources that start fires. … Clearing in Denver this afternoon. The Lefthand Fire is east of Highway 72, 11 miles west-northwest of Boulder, and about a mile southeast of Ward. Crews were able to keep the so-called Sunshine fire … The Cal Wood Fire northwest of Boulder has forced the mandatory evacuation of Jamestown today as yet another fire burns out of control in Colorado's Front Range mountains. Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records In parts of Colorado, the sky has been gray, the sun hazy and the odor of a burning campfire has persisted for much of … Photos: Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy Giveaway Puts The ‘Merry’ In Christmas For Those In Need, Older Coloradans Are Making New Holiday Traditions As Coronavirus Keeps Them Isolated, In Boulder County, A Clash Over Compost And Open Space, Dominion Voting Systems Employee Sues Trump Campaign And Allies For Defamation. A large smoke plume was visible from Denver. Bray urged residents to stay out of the evacuation zones and refrain from flying drones near fires. or a bicyclist? VERY DRY. The forecast for Ward just northwest of the fire, calls for westerly 30 mph winds Sunday night gusting to 48, with the relative humidity hovering around 50 percent. It was reported about 1 p.m. near the Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown. Another fire has broken out near the front range of Colorado. A full map of evacuation orders and warnings is available here. See current wildfires and wildfire perimeters in Colorado on the Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center Wildfire Map. The CalWood Fire is spreading near Boulder, Colorado. The fire has burned 176,371 acres with 34% containment as of Wednesday morning. So in spite of the small amount of rain, the desiccated fuels could still produce a fire that burned more than 300 acres. As of Sunday night, 26 homes had been lost, and fire officials expect that number to grow. If you only want to see the fires themselves, un-click every layer except Incident Areas. Your email address will not be published. In an update from Boulder County Division Chief Mike Wagner, there was little growth in the fire today and containment remains at 15%. © 2020 Colorado Public Radio. The Lefthand Fire is east of Highway 72, 11 miles west-northwest of Boulder, and about a mile southeast of Ward. The fire, which ignited Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center about 17 miles from downtown Boulder, had singed more than 9,100 acres and was 17% contained on Monday night. The Calwood fire, which ignited around midday on Saturday, grew to 8,788 acres with 15 percent containment by Sunday afternoon. #cowx pic.twitter.com/Dip9TwArE2. The fire was reported at about noon on Sunday. You can zoom in or out on the map below, which shows the reported location of the fire. It is the largest fire recorded in Boulder County. All Rights Reserved. To make it easier to read you can remove the clutter by clicking on the box with three lines at top-right, then, Layers List. Click here. 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A Colorado wildfire had raced through more than 8,700 parched, wind-blown acres in less than 24 hours on Sunday, forcing evacuation of almost 3,000 people in … We will post more information about the Lefthand Fire as it becomes available. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Boulder County fire officials have a crew responding to a wildfire near the Cal-Wood Education Center. Interactive real-time wildfire and forest fire map for Colorado. If you zoom in on the map above you will see the perimeters of both the Lefthand and the Calwood Fires. Winds on Sunday could create fast-moving fire activity in the direction of #Lyons. This is a developing story and will be updated. Go to shop.cpr.org. As of 1:33 p.m., the town was being evacuated. They lifted evacuations for the plains east of the foothills, where a spot fire driven by wind caught on Saturday. Boulder, Colorado wakes up to the threat of worsening wildfires The famously well-planned and livable city escaped last week. The area is south of Highway 7 (also known as South St. Vrain Drive) and northeast of Bald Mountain. This map is managed by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and is updated with information on fires 100 acres or larger. The fire is in the 14,000 block of … The winds will decrease somewhat on Monday to 16 mph with 27 mph gusts, still out of the west, with 22 percent RH. Updated 7:37 p.m. The area is extremely dry. The CalWood fire burns on a hillside in Boulder county. It’s getting really concerning now that every new fire is looked upon as possible arson. Get the latest on the wildfire near Boulder in our LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE. Evacuation orders are in place for areas north of Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby. There is no cost, and in case you change your mind each email has an unsubscribe button. Latest reports indicate that U.S.36 north of Boulder has now been closed, with flames approaching or even moving east of the highway. The short story is, unless firefighters were able to do some extraordinary work to contain the fire Sunday, we might be hearing much more about the Lefthand Fire. But it's especially vulnerable to fires … Notify me of follow-up comments by email. — A wildfire in Boulder County that has forced thousands of evacuations has grown to 8,788 acres and is at 15% containment as of Sunday evening, the Boulder … As of Sunday afternoon, it was 12,665 acres with 5 percent containment. Typos, let us know HERE. Dry and windy conditions are expected in much of the state this week, which could fuel the fires. Mostly cloudy today, cool on the plains. Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new articles by email. The Western fire season keeps continuing later and later each year. The fire … Included in the evacuation order are residents of Spring Gulch Road and Gold Lake Road. However, higher elevations remained dry, with no precipitation, lower humidity and continued winds, and winds are expected to pick up in the afternoon. BOULDER — A massive area north and northwest of Boulder was evacuated because of the raging Cal-Wood fire, which quickly swept down from Jamestown into the U.S. 36 corridor south of Lyons Saturday afternoon. Evacuation orders are in place for areas north of Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby. The CalWood fire in Boulder County was sparked Saturday and quickly grew, forcing evacuations, including the entire town of Jamestown. The Cameron Peak fire … The Colorado blazes also come amid the worst wildfire season on record in California, where well over 4.1 million acres have gone up in flames, … This view is from Longmont. A wildfire in Boulder County that has forced thousands of evacuations has grown to 8,788 acres and is at 15% containment as of Sunday evening, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said. Proceeds from every purchase go to support the news and music you love. A full map of evacuation orders and warnings is available here. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office announced that some evacuation orders for the Cameron Peak fire had been lifted around midday on Sunday, and others had been downgraded to voluntary. It is the largest recorded fire in Boulder County history, and its cause is under investigation. just a gut thought…if someone set the first fire and then walked far enough to set the second fire…and then walked far enough to set the third fire? The fire is 55% contained and has burned 10,073 acres since beginning Oct. 17 in the afternoon. Google+ View all posts by Bill Gabbert. In a Facebook update, Paul Delmerico, the operations section chief on the fire, said crews made good progress overnight and expect to make more Sunday as cool, wet weather slows the fire's spread. Second Wildfire Ignites In Boulder County, As Fires Burn Across Colorado, News That Matters, Delivered To Your Inbox, some evacuation orders for the Cameron Peak fire had been lifted, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a Facebook post Sunday, crews made good progress overnight and expect to make more Sunday as cool, wet weather slows the fire's spread. @TownofLyons https://t.co/sokOruDLiu. Winds are also expected to fuel the growth of the East Troublesome fire, near Granby. The fire is in the 14,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive. (CNN) At least four new wildfires sparked over the weekend in Colorado and Utah during what has been a record-breaking fire … Aerial firefighting efforts on the Calwood fire were grounded in the morning due to weather, but Jennifer Bray, a communications specialist for the city of Boulder working on the fire, said crews hit the fire hard from the ground. But the weather is changing. It is 21 percent contained. A lot of paranoid people. The Mullen Fire is burning on the Colorado-Wyoming border, west of Laramie. Cold temperatures, as well as fog, mist and higher humidity, swept into the Front Range Sunday, dampening the progress of fires burning near Fort Collins and Boulder. After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Extreme drought helps to explain this. I think its highly likely that these fires started due to power lines glitches, like the fires in California few years back. The record-breaking Cameron Peak fire, which has been burning since August, grew to 203,253 acres by Sunday morning and is 62 percent contained. At 7:13 p.m. Sunday the Nederland weather station recorded 53 degrees, 41 percent RH, and 5 mph winds out of the west-southwest gusting to 23. What are you trying to say? Anyone under an Evacuation WARNING for #CalWoodFire should be ready to leave immediately. A Red Flag Warning is in place for the fire zone today. I am sure once they do the actual facts will come out. U.S. 36 will remain closed between Boulder and Lyons overnight. just seems strange to me being from an investigator background? Livestock should go to the Gilpin County Fairground 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk CO 80422. According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the fire is located in the Sunshine Canyon area west of Boulder … Flames could be … The DW5338 Nederland weather station south of the fire recorded 0.04″ of precipitation early Sunday morning, then the relative humidity remained above 80 percent until 1 p.m. If that really is ground fog in the drainage at lower-right, it’s very interesting. The area is south of Highway 7 … Cold temperatures, as well as … Still mountain winds, gusts to 60 mph Front Range tonight. Three other fires were already combining to push giant plumes of smoke along the northern Front Range. It is not confirmed that the VLATs were actually available. Explore the holiday schedule below: Visit our new CPR Shop and get items such as face masks, shirts and hats. In addition to ground resources, a large air tanker was dispatched, followed later by the dispatch of three additional large air tankers and two very large air tankers (VLATs). The evacuation point is the Nederland Community Center, 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466. Include Colorado Public Radio in your holiday traditions with music and stories that fit the season. Those weather conditions help to explain the photo in the tweet below. The new fire in Boulder County is called the Cal-Wood fire. The Lookout daily email brings you a closer look at the issues that affect you with a rundown of important fact-based reporting — with a side of Colorado flavor. Photos: Cal-Wood Fire Burns More Than 8,000 Acres 1 of 16 Structures burned by the Cal-Wood Fire are seen near U.S. 36 and Nelson Road in Boulder County on Oct. 18, 2020. However, the area is in extreme drought, which has left the live and dead vegetation, the fuels, very dry. I live near the fire area,elevation 8350. Information: The CalWood Fire burned roughly 16 square miles of land in the foothills northwest of Boulder — the largest-recorded wildfire in the county. And, please keep in mind our commenting ground rules before you post a comment. You contradict yourself – saying that it’s certainly human caused but calling those who believe it to be arson “paranoid”. Certainly human caused since we haven’t had lightning in a month. Smoke from the Cal-Wood fire streams over Boulder. Several single engine air tankers (SEATs) are also working the fire. Officials lifted evacuation orders for more than 400 homes near a wildfire burning west of Boulder, Colorado, Monday morning. Is it possible the fire was from embers from the other fire? CalWood Fire … Updated October 18, 2020   |   6 p.m. MDT. The Boulder County fires are two of several wildfires that either started in October or grew substantially this month in an unusual late-season outbreak. The cold front did not bring heavy precipitation, and fire officials on both fires prepared for windy conditions Sunday. Almost all fires are human caused except those started by lightning or volcanos. The largest of Boulder County's fires, the CalWood fire, started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles from downtown Boulder… No one knows for sure how they started at the moment. Firefighting efforts on the Cameron Peak fire are focused on its northeastern edge and on a spot fire near Lory State Park. The Calwood FIre started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, located about 17 miles from downtown Boulder before it was fanned by wind gusts of up to 59 mph. 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