DAILY UPDATES on Colorado fires in the Front Range: This “Journal” has been moved to the bottom of this page. – Including Road Closures
CURRENT MAPS of WILDFIRES, and INCIDENT REPORTS
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 == 208,663 Acres as of 10/31/20, 64 percent contained = 442 structures lost, 222 of them cabins and homes =The largest fire in Colorado history
MAP OF EAST TROUBLESOME FIRE, Larimer County https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242/https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242/ = 193,774 Acres as of 10/30/20 = 100 structures burnt, but another 3-400 are expected to be found.
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.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS LISTS
- PACKING LIST prepared by Laurie Miller of Lyons Preparedness
- CAMERON PEAK PHOTOS: see October 15 Lyons Recorder article: “Cameron Peak Fire”
- EXPANDED LIST OF WHAT TO PACK
- LIST OF WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE & LOCK YOUR 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 TO PACK:
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.
GOVENORS OFFICE EMAIL :
How to support the fire response efforts by donating to:
=commfound.org/2020firesfund -or- boulderCountyFires.com
DAILY JOURNAL OF THE FRONT RANGE FIRES THAT SURROUNDED THE GREATER LYONS AREA TOWNS
FROM OCTOBER 17 TO OCTOBER 28, 2020 — UPDATED TWICE DAILY (BASED ON OFFICIAL REPORTS)
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: continued on next page*****************