DAILY UPDATES on Colorado fires in the Front Range:
Calwood Fire (south of Lyons and NW of Boulder): It started October 18, Saturday at 12:45 p.m., and soon almost all the firefighters who were working in the Red Feathers area went to the Calwood fire. It is surrounded on all sides by residents, farms, and open space, and several buildings were destroyed the first day; 1600 homes were evacuated. MOST ROADS close to Lyons that are SOUTH OF HWY 66 are closed AS OF 4PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, including all mountain roads, like hwy 7 to 72-“PEAK TO PEAK.” In some locations, Police are asking for ID in order to drive west to Lyons. ==== At 7pm Saturday, the winds died down from 40-50mph to 10-30mph, (both for Calwood and Cameron) and the danger was lessened for the rest of the night. All these 11 roads will remain closed overnight, and re-evaluated in the morning. ID will be required for homeowners to get home to Lyons, Pinewood and Estes Park. Also, Lyons and Apple Valley Rd residents have got “pre-evacuation” notices; and Lyons Park Estates (near the high school) is still under Mandatory evacuation. =====Saturday evening and Sunday “Pre-evac” orders covered areas from the east– Indian Mtn., the north– Noland (Stone Canyon), the west– Rock N River area, and all the south– Red Hill, Hall Ranch, and beyond.===== 10AM Sunday: The Calwood fire went from around 7,000 to 8,788 overnight into Sunday morning. Late Saturday the fire did jump hwy 36 near Nelson/Hygiene and burned 60 acres of grass, but was soon contained. It now remains entirely WEST of hwy 36. The Foothills highway remains closed on Sunday. A light rain and a barrage of slurry aircraft hit the area early morning, and humidity levels increased. =====3PM UPDATE: The Ly-Park-Estates is now a warning (no longer mandatory evac). There is a new small fire near Ward, 5 acres, and that town is now evacuated, plus Gold hill and the 10,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, residents of Spring Gulch Road and Gold Lake Road. The roads in that area are also closed. (Nederland and Allenspark are NOT evacuated). Currently, Hwy. 34 between Estes and Loveland has opened. Cameron Fire: has grown to 203,253 acres with 62% containment; chance of light snow or rain. =====11PM UPDATE: Not much happened drastic Sunday — The firefighters did the predicted dropping of the slurry on the Calwood fire. It is 15 percent contained. They were able to go out and count the destroyed buildings and said it was at least 26, with most of them located north of Nelson Road, west of Hwy 36. The Calwood fire remains the same size. Winds are expected to pick up in the evening and especially during the day on Monday to as much as 50-60 mph along the mountain range (eg, Nederland, Allenspark, Lyons). It will be dry and warm for the first half of the week, and get cold again at the end of the week, with possible snow or rain. The Calwood fire is now the biggest in Boulder County history in ONLY ONE 24 hour day! You may recall the FourMile Canyon fire, which is the previous #1 fire, in 2003. The Left Hand Canyon fire is at 312 acres. Not much news on the Cameron fire, except that some of the evacuations have been lifted. Highway 36 and 34 are open. Lyons is still on “pre-evac” orders. ======MONDAY 12 NOON UPDATE: All “evac” and “pre-evac” orders stand “as is.” The winds have picked up, as predicted. Note from the Post Office: if you cannot get thru to Lyons, they will hold your mail for you (not returned it to sender), per the Town’s E-Blast. Those who were here during the 2013 flood will remember that when the town was closed, residents were able to pick up their mail in Longmont. 2PM UPDATE: from Operations headquarters: Calwood fire — they are working in a clockwise direction around the entire sector, starting at the Calwood Education Center (east sector of effected area) and working N S E and W, to keep the fire contained. Crews are near the school area, (north) Lyons Park Estates, and (east)Hwy 36.There are some steep areas in the west sections, south of hwy 7, that may take more study to figure out. The Lefthand fire got a lot of slurry and look pretty positive. There are some high winds at 9000 feet. Cameron Fire (5PM) Multiple retardant and water drops have occurred over The Retreat. Attention is being paid to all areas with structures. =====TUESDAY 12 NOON UPDATE: The two fires gained very little land overnight. All “evacuation” notices remain the same. Calwood is at 9,365 and 17% contained. All the hot spots along hwy 36 (100 ft) have been extinguished. Lots of dozers will be used on the south end of the fire. The west will be defended at Hwy 7. Lefthand it 470 acres, and 7 percent contained; a lot of men and dozers working on the edges. The firefighters feel have have adequate personnel and equipment to work on containing the fires. Many National Forest land has been closed; and schools near the Left Hand fire are closed. Heavy aircraft coverage happening overnight, and residents noted on Facebook seeing aircraft at 3pm on the Calwood fire. Winds are in the 30mph range at the 9,000 ft. elevation. =====WEDNESDAY 1PM UPDATE: The #CalWoodFire remains the same and is not currently advancing to the north or northeast. It is with an “abundance of caution” that Lyons Park Estates (subdivision between town of Lyons and the Calwood fire) has been issued evacuation orders, due to increased winds. Despite some news reporter saying that people are being let back in to their homes in some areas to gather times and shut off water to protect pipes, Boulder County officials say this is not true. As of noon today, it is 9,915, and 15 percent contained; Lefthand is at 460 acres. Containment and aircraft work continue. // Cameron Peak is at 206,009 acres. Air support reported the busiest day since arrival on the incident with over 60 hours of flight time. Some “evac” were lifted. Overnight, winds are expected to go from 20 to 60mph in the higher altitudes — for both fires. // NOTE: The Cameron fire’s highest concentration of work is being done near Glen Haven, The Retreat, and Storm Mountain. Crews make progress daily on containment lines, and structure protection continues. There are about 1,500 people working, often 16 hours shifts, work is done round the clock. There is a high competition from other fires across the country, so Colorado is not able to increase the number of people working on the fires. The NEW East Troublesome fire exploded today and Grand Lake and Granby were evacuated: 19,085 acres and five percent contained as of midnight Wednesday. =====THURSDAY 1-2 PM = East Troublesome fire (Grand Lake) area experienced 6,000 new acres an hour; with high wind gusts. It rose more than 100,000 in 24 hours (now 125,602 acres).The West side of Estes Park have been given evacuation notice (Hwy 36 is closed to traffic to allow residents to exit). All fires grew in size due to wind gusts; as of now they all are continuing to grow. It’s on the west side of the Continental Divide. Still “critical fire behavior” in next 24 to 36 hours, but expect some relief this evening. The Cameron Peak continues to move north and south, due to winds. About 6500 homes were evacuated (a large number were “secondary homes/vacation”). The distance between Troublesome and Cameron is about a dozen miles; but they are concentrating on Estes Park residents. The Continental Divide’s terrain is usually rough enough to stop a fire from crossing it – but – a spot fire went by it on the east side to Estes Park. They are optimistic for the CITY of Estes Park, as they watch the air masses. Calwood Fire is 10,073 acres as of 1PM Thursday. Both Heil and Hall ranch open space are closed. Cameron fire is 206,977 acres. ROAD CLOSURES: Highway 36 (betw Lyons and Boulder) was opened at 2PM. Left Hand Canyon west of Hwy 36 is closed. Mtn Ridge, Foothills Ranch Rd., Lake of the Pines, residents were allowed to go home, but MUST leave by 6PM Thursday. Remember to check in and out with sheriff at the check point. South St. Vrain is still closed. As of 2PM, there is no traffic allowed INTO Estes Park (unless you are a resident); closed at Apple Valley Rd. Hwy. 7 is closed from Meeker Park area to Lyons. They expect more evacuation and road closures changes today. Check boulderOEM.com for updates. ===3:30 PM – EASTERN Estes Park just got a voluntary evacuation notice, both residents and businesses. This is a large area that has a north border of Devils Gulch Road, west border of MacGregor Avenue, south border of Pierson Mountain, and east borders of Highways 34 and 36. The traffic on Hwy 36 and 34 is back-to-back. If you are not evacuating, please do not use the roads unless absolutely necessary. East Troublesome Fire officials have ordered Voluntary evacuations for Highway 7 from Lily Lake to Allens Park. ====9PM The two fires closest to Lyons did not seem to gain any new fire acreage. LeftHand is 100% contained; and 460 acres. Calwood is active but under control at 10,073 acres. Cameron is active on all sides and is 207,000 and has 1804 people working on it. The Troublesome fire is experiencing high winds–thru the next two days–and is moving north, south, east (not west) at 9PM; and has burned another 45,000 acres today, totalling 170,163. Estes Park’s east side got mandatory evacuation orders earlier today. ====UPDATE FRIDAY 10AM: With a cold front moving in, temps 10 to 35 degrees, some very light snow, and much higher humidity, all the fires have not greatly expanded. The Calwood fire is 55 percent contained, and firefighters have significantly increase containment. A Watch is in effect for changes Friday night with higher winds and lower humidity. They are aiming to have it fully contained by Oct. 31 due to incoming snow. Firefighters took advantage of the cold front that moved into the area on Thursday to significantly increase containment. East Troublesome fire= A cold front is expected to pass mid-afternoon, which will bring a shift in the wind direction to the west, northwest. Extreme fire behavior is expected on the East Troublesome Fire again today. ===5:30PM UPDATE: Troublesome fire: winds were not as bad as predicted so they were able to work on containment on ground and in air. Now 188,079 acres (gained 14,400 Thursday). The WEST/SW line is mostly contained. Objections: life and protections in more heavily populated area. RMN Park fire has slowed down. The Contin.Divide fire will be handled by the Cameron fire group. The SNOW is not a season ending event; they are being strategic. Hwy 34 is only open to firemen and evacuees. Hwy 40 is open but watch out for firemen vehicles. Hwy 125 is open for 5 miles, only for firefighters. ====UPDATE: SATURDAY 10AM===New Evac Notices: Allenspark under pre-evacuation (& Chapel of the Rock) Mandatory Evacuations along Highway 34 from Estes Park to Drake. East Troublesome Fire officials have upgraded to Mandatory evacuations for Highway 7 from Lily Lake to AllensPark, to the Larimer County line. East Troublesome Fire officials have upgraded to Mandatory evacuations for the eastern side of Estes Park. This is a large area that has a north border of Devils Gulch Road, west border of MacGregor Avenue, south border of Pierson Mountain, and east borders of Highways 34 and 36. This will close Highway 34 at Sleepy Hollow Park, and close Highway 36 at approximately mile marker 8.===Calwood has 1/2 its perimeter contained; mainly steep part by hwy 7 is left, and a small part in the south-west where it originated.===Cameron: west side and most of north of Cameron is “perimeter contained;” high winds pushing thru the Divide; focusing the team in the Pingree/CSU camps that are green islands, to prevent it from exploding; winds. The Sheriff is putting on priority to help people get back to their homes to winterize them.===Troublesome: The west side perimeter is mostly contained. Great progress in Granby area last night. SE corner is a main focus, near the towns. That section by the Continental Div. went 2.5 miles and is now just west of YMCA; near Bear Lake – winds hindering them. Too much smoke to see the fire. Trying to work in the west side of Estes, but high winds are making it hard for them. “very dynamic conditions.”// Estes Park and Rocky Mt Natl Park have done a lot of “fuel treatments” around Estes Pk, for about 20 years and 3,000 acres, regarding the dead beetle-kill trees.// Helicopters did not go up in the morning due to the winds. ===5:30PM Troublesome Fire: No significant spreading; lots of mopping up. West side did show some threatening areas. Areas closest to Estes Park has been a very hard day, but “not out of the woods by any means”–the most active part of the fire area. At 12noon= 191,000 acres, about 10,000 more than yesterday. Granby not in evacuation status. INCOMING SNOW: Crews plan to mix in the “moisture” from the snow in the perimeter areas; it will put out some small surface fuels (eg, grass), but it will not put out larger fuel (eg, limbs, trees). Turning on or off of gas and power and water sanitation is being addressed; and questions should be directed to your local sheriff’s department. ===10AM Fire Report === At least two inches of snow has fallen on ALL the fires, and it is expected to snow all day, with accumulations in the 12 to 17 inch range. As previously stated, this will abate the fires but not put them out. (This will be the only report today! finally a good day). <<be sure to look at “closure updates” below>>
CLOSURES: Current road closures for #CalWoodFire include:- Overland Road and CR 87- Overland Road & Peak To Peak- Lefthand Canyon @ James Canyon- Peak To Peak @ Hwy7- South St. Vrain Road @ Old South St. Vrain- Lefthand Canyon Drive & Hwy 36- Hwy 36 @ Hwy 66- Olde Stage Road @ Lee Hill Road- Lee Hill Road @ Lefthand Canyon Drive- Broadway @ Hwy36- Neva Road @ Hwy 36- Nelson Road @ Hwy 36- St. Vrain @ Hwy 36- Hygiene Road @ Hwy 36 —Check the FULL CURRENT LIST for updates: https://www.boulderoem.com/road-closures-remain-in-effect/
CLOSURE UPDATES: Oct. 18 – Hwy 34 betw Estes and Loveland is now open. ====Oct 19–Hwy 36 is now closed between Neva Rd. and Hwy 66. ====Oct 22, Hwy 36 betw Boulder and Lyons is now open. NATIONAL FOREST CLOSURES: Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions, @usfsarp is temporarily closing all National Forest land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties, effective midnight tonight. Decision to be re-evaluated daily. http://ow.ly/qOHH50BXX4W The two open space park ranches, Heil and Hall, in Boulder County are now closed. East Troublesome Fire officials have upgraded to Mandatory evacuations for Highway 7 from Lily Lake to Allens Park, to the Larimer County line. =====Oct 24=due to evac of eastside of Estes Park: closed Highway 34 at Sleepy Hollow Park, and close Highway 36 at approximately mile marker 8. (Highways 34 and 36 will be open for residents to leave town.) ===Hwy. 7 is still closed, (located north of Allenspark, going north into Estes Park); but the end of it has been moved to Peak to Peak Highway (west side) to Old St. Vrain (south/east). — due to people exiting Estes Park being directed to use Hwy 7. — Residents can access there homes, but it is not open to through traffic. ===Spring Gulch near Lefthand is closed today, at Gold Lake Rd. ==hwy 36 betw Lyons and Estes is still mandatory closed (except residents outside a mandatory evac. zone).
MAP OF CALWOOD FIRE, and who is being EVACUATED, Boulder County: https://bouldercounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=13ab214fe2bb4da5a850df0ca0f00fc5 Approx. 8,800 acres 10/19/20 // 10,095 at 10/24/20 – LeftHand Canyon is fully contained.
MAP OF CAMERON PEAK FIRE, and EVACUATION areas, Larimer County: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964/ Approx. 203,000 acres 10/19/20 == 207,464 as of 10/24/20
EMERGENCY INFORMATION: Please keep 911 for emergency calls only. = Emergency PHONE LINES about the fire: LONGMONT: A non-emergency call center has been opened for the #CalWoodFire. The phone number is 303-413-7730. // The Larimer County Joint Information Center is available at 970-980-2500 to provide information about evacuations, road closures, property assessments, credentials and large and small animal sheltering. //Boulder County: A call center has been established for non-emergency questions at 303-413-7730. It reopened at 8 a.m. Sunday. // Note – “pre-evacuation” and “evacuation warning” both mean that you should be prepared to leave within minutes of the next and final “evacuation warning.” // The two fires south of Lyons are now run by a separate Command Center that has a Facebook page with downloadable-written-updates, and maps: https://www.facebook.com/CalWoodAndLefthandCynFires If you click “LIKE”, you will get notices when there are updates. // Lyons has a town-wide emergency siren; Pinewood Springs does not. // There are online ZOOM updates each evening at 7:30 PM. Connect on Lyons Happenings Facebook.
// ANIMALS: Those in the Calwood fire area can take their pets to the Boulder Humane Society and their livestock to the Boulder County Fairgrounds, both located on Nelson Rd. near Hover Rd. For Larimer County, call their emergency offices, as they have multiple locations available.
// EVACUATION POINTS: At this time, Boulder County has set up evacuee centers in Nederland, and at Iris and Broadway, Boulder; they close for the night; call the county before you go in case of changes. Boulder OEM asked that people not just show up to volunteer or with food to donate, as there is limited space and need at this time. ==Larimer County has multiple evacuation orders due to the size of the fire, and, therefore, larger locations, and constantly changing lists. See their emergency web pages for more information.
// RED CROSS: If you are an evacuee or someone who has been impacted by the wildfires and needs assistance, call 1-800-417-0495. To sign up to volunteer, email Joshua.Stewart@redcross.org.
// AIR QUALITY: the smoke in the air contains ash from wood and building materials; photos from Longmont show chunks of debris the size of a tablespoon flying around. Keep your windows and doors closed; avoid going outside. For current air quality index, go to: https://air-quality.com/place/united-states/boulder-county/e85cb191?lang=en&standard=aqi_us == type in your county name in the search box. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.
- Below is a LIST prepared by Laurie Miller of Lyons Preparedness
- Also see October 15 Lyons Recorder article, with photos: “Cameron Peak Fire”
- And, an additional list of items to bring, and what to do around the house before you lock the door.
The phone rings. You check the caller ID. It’s from the Boulder or Larimer County Sheriff’s office.
“This is the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office with an emergency message. Fire officials have ordered voluntary evacuations for <your area> due to winds causing elevated fire activity. Voluntary evacuations are advised for residents and business occupants if they are concerned for their safety, feel they need additional time to exit the area, or have health conditions that may be aggravated by this incident. You are encouraged to move livestock and pets out of the area and to prepare for mandatory evacuations. For updates, text the word LCEVAC to 888777 from your cell phone. We will communicate information to that key word as needed. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are in danger. Thank you.”
This is an example of the phone message sent out in the last few days for the Cameron Peak fire.
What do you do? Are you ready? Do you have a checklist (and do you know where it is)?
This summer, we’ve had hot, dry, and windy weather that, together with thunderstorms, have ignited wildfires across our state. Somehow though, I think each of us thinks “It can’t happen to me and my family.”
Think about the above scenario. If you got a call and you thought you had two hours, perhaps, to pack up your belongings, do you have a plan? If you had to leave the house within the next 10 minutes, would you know what you would bring?
Do you know the 7 P’s of What to Take with You?
3. Photos and other Precious mementos
6. Papers (insurance papers, deed, titles, and/or your computer’s hard drive)
7. Pillow (blanket, change of clothes).
Do you have an emergency pack called a ‘ready kit’ already in the car that has the essentials? View what should be in your ready kit: https://www.ready.gov/kit
Every family’s list will differ. It’s up to you to decide what’s most important and irreplaceable in your life. I highly recommend that you have a list and keep it on your refrigerator, so that you don’t have to think when you get the call. Just go down the list until you are out of time.
Make a plan using the tools at https://www.ready.gov/plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows the plan. Build or buy a ready kit.
Be prepared – it can happen to any of us.
Lastly, sign up to get notified on your cell phone in case of emergency! If you don’t sign up with a service below, you will still receive emergency notification on your traditional landline home phone, but nowhere else. These notifications can take longer depending on call volume.
Sign up for one of the free services below to get notified on your cell phone via text, phone call, and/or email.
Boulder County service by Everbridge: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612231/#/signup
Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority: https://leta911.org/
===============Lyons Recorder ADDITIONAL ITEMS Suggested: ==============Your Ballot / personal phone books / metal security box / eyeglasses (reading glasses) / pet lease / password index-box (email, Facebook, hard drive etc) / computer hard drive / laptop & charger / check books / cash / calendar / water bottle / work papers & staff contact info / last will, and medical directive / pad of paper & pens / boxes of snacks / handi-wipes & sanitizers / multiple masks / cell phone & charger / camera & charger / roll of toilet paper or tissue paper box / cash-debit cards & password / credit cards /tablet & charger/ camera & charger/ precious jewelry / vitamins incl. “sunshine” Vit D; and dietary supplement that you use to stimulate your immune system / pillow & cover or blanket or sleeping bag / extra house and car key / bring a set of (plastic) dishes and silverware, a cup and glass, to use in a motel that are microwave safe, and a small container of dish soap& sponge/ Go to your bathroom and grab all your hygiene items, including shampoo. (put them in small containers, if you buy the economy size!)
== THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE: water-your-plants / turn down heat to 55 degrees, and shut off air conditioning / call relatives and let them know where you are going or when you arrive / put note on door for firemen with your phone number so that they dont go looking for you in damaged home; do not specifically say home is empty on Social Media / Check on your sick or elderly neighbors to make sure they have a way out and are aware of what’s going on.
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How to support the fire response efforts by donating to:
=commfound.org/2020firesfund -or- boulderCountyFires.com