With the clearer skies and lower relative humidity today, more activity is expected on both fires. (Updated 10/26 12:45pm) (10/19 Update) Firefighters were made aware of the Lefthand Canyon fire Sunday afternoon but the cause of the blaze remains unknown. Helicopters dropped water to cool heat from interior hot spots while crews monitored for spot fires. The Calwood fire has burned 9,106 acres and is 17 percent contained. “This fire was able to get up and moved pretty quick on us,” Pearson said of the Lefthand Canyon fire. I hope all those homes back there are ok Shelly Bradbury is the courts reporter at the Denver Post. Containment increased to 17% on the CalWood Fire on Monday, all of which is located in lighter fuels on the east edge of the fire in the Highway 36 corridor. The fire burned 460 acres of brush and timber approximately one mile west of the town of Ward in the area of Lefthand Canyon and Spring Gulch in Boulder County, Colorado. Located in Lefthand Canyon, named for Chief Niwot or Left Hand(-ed) (c. 1825–1864) was a tribal leader of the Southern Arapaho people and played an important part in the history of Colorado. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. On Sunday, air crews dropped 24 fire-retardant loads on the Lefthand Canyon fire, said Patrick Pearson, operations section chief on the fires. Aircraft will again be used to support ground operations. The Lefthand Canyon fire started on October 18, 2020. Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fire Update Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black Troy Hagan, Incident Commander CalWood Fire Again Increases Containment Ahead of Red Flag Warning Saturday Current Situation: Containment of the CalWood Fire increased on Friday as most of the fire area experienced minimal activity through the … Sponsored By. Troy Hagan, Peak to Peak. Ahead of this front, winds will shift out of the northeast from 5-10 mph. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. A federal Type II Incident Management Team (Rocky Mountain Black) has taken over coordination of the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires as of 6 a.m. today, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Current Situation: Firefighters took advantage of the cold front that moved into the area on Thursday to significantly increase containment on both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. For more information on evacuation orders near both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD. The Lefthand Canyon fire remains at … Crews were able to get containment lines connected around the full perimeter of the Lefthand Canyon Fire on Tuesday. On the southern edge of the fire, crews continued line construction towards the west, in an effort to connect burned areas and lighter fuels into the 2003 Overland Fire burn scar. Crews monitored for spot fires on the north side in the South St. Vrain drainage and on lands north of the fire’s edge. The fire is burning near the town of Ward — forcing the evacuation of that town. Closures and Evacuations: Road closures, evacuation orders, and evacuation warnings put in place by Boulder County Sheriff’s Office remain in effect for areas near both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Emergency Alerts: Boulder County has an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Fire officials said they had a successful night in maintaining containment in both the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. He started at the Post in 1986, at the old building on 15th and California streets. The fire burned 460 acres of brush and timber approximately one mile west of the town of Ward in the area of Lefthand Canyon and Spring Gulch in Boulder County, Colorado. “There could be some movement east, but as the fire starts getting down into the U.S. 36 corridor, you’re primarily in grass,” he said, noting that fire in grass is easier to fight than fire in thick timber. Crews reached 43% containment on the 460-acre Lefthand Canyon Fire on Wednesday, according to an evening update. CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fire updates. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. Mike Wagner, division chief with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said damage assessment teams had not discovered any more burned homes in the CalWood fire zone, but were unable to reach areas scorched by the Lefthand Canyon fire. There’s little-to-no immediate danger of the fire moving into more populated areas to the east, he said, given Monday’s weather conditions and the containment lines and resources in place along the highway. Aircraft will again be used to support those crews when conditions allow. The fire line on the right is on the ridge above all the homes in the subdivision of autumn hill. Crews on Monday focused on building more containment lines, patrolling established lines and handling hotspots, Porter said, particularly along the southeast and east perimeters of the CalWood fire. The Sunday airdrops cost an estimated $1 million. Cloud cover on Monday afternoon was helping firefighting efforts on the fires, Porter said. Nicholson has covered a variety of beats including suburbs, courts, crime and general assignment. The smaller Lefthand Canyon fire started along Lefthand Canyon Road east of Ward on Sunday. Lefthand Canyon Fire. Boulder County sheriff’s officials have clarified the figure they first released Sunday. The Lefthand Canyon Fire, pictured in a long exposure photograph created Oct. 18, eventually burned 460 acres and prompted evacuations in Ward, Gold Hill and Sunshine Canyon … The CalWood fire, already the largest in Boulder County’s history, has destroyed at least 20 homes. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. A cold front will settle into the area around sunset. Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. The latest map from the Boulder OEM is below showing the Cal-Wood Fire and evacuations for … For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org. On Sunday, air crews dropped 24 fire-retardant loads on the Lefthand Canyon fire, said Patrick Pearson, operations section chief on the fires. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. She joined the paper in 2019 and previously worked as a crime reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pennsylvania and the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee. Please visit: https://go.usa.gov/x7arZ. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The Lefthand Canyon Fire in Boulder County is now fully contained, firefighters said … October 19 CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires Afternoon Update Winds have calmed down this afternoon and air resources have been able to begin flying again. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. Those ridgetop winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon to 8-11 mph. Fire Crews Make Progress On CalWood FireCooler weather helped firefighters gain more control of the CalWood Fire which ignited a week ago today. Firefighters battling the CalWood fire in the Boulder County foothills took to the air Monday, dropping fire retardant along the north side of the wildfire. For further information on smoke forecasts and public health, please visit the CDPHE Air Quality page https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx or find more localized information at https://airnow.gov. She’s been a reporter since 2012, focused on criminal justice. Fixed-wing aircraft have been dropping retardant along the north side of the CalWood Fire, in Division A and Division F to assist ground crews working between the fire and Lyons. Firefighters assigned to the Lefthand Canyon Fire will be mopping up or removing heat from near the containment lines and patrolling for any spot fires that may cross established lines due to this afternoon’s winds. Helicopters made water drops on the fire Monday afternoon as well, along with drops on the nearby, and much smaller, Lefthand Canyon fire. This update received at 9:29 am on Friday, October 23, 2020. The Lefthand Canyon fire started on October 18, 2020. Weather & Fuel Conditions: An inversion layer is expected to be over both fires this morning bringing a bit of cloud cover that will diminish before midday bringing sunny skies. The Lefthand Canyon fire started on October 18, 2020. Evacuation orders and road closures have not changed since Saturday, he said. Boulder County Office of Emergency Management says this fire is separate from the nearby CalWood Fire burning near Jamesstown. The Lefthand Canyon fire, between Nederland and Jamestown, has burned around 460 acres and is about 100% contained. The U.S. Forest Service also has a closure in place on the Boulder Ranger District for public safety and to support firefighting efforts. Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fire Update Monday, October 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black Troy Hagan, Incident Commander CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires Less Active Sunday; Crews Making Progress BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A new wildfire in Boulder County sparked along Lefthand Canyon Drive on Sunday afternoon. In Pittsburgh, she helped the newspaper earn the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news after a mass shooting at a local synagogue, and in 2020 she was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for an investigation into child sexual abuse among Amish and Mennonite communities. No evacuation or pre-evacuation orders are in place for residents east of U.S. 36. Lefthand Canyon Fire. It was 100% contained as of October 22, 2020. Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. The fire is being called the Lefthand Canyon Fire. The Lefthand Canyon Fire, which ignited Sunday afternoon, has forced the town of Ward in Boulder County to evacuate, the Boulder Office of Emergency … A new wildfire in Boulder County sparked along Lefthand Canyon Drive on Sunday afternoon.   Crews made progress on both fires Monday, gaining additional containment on the CalWood Fire. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. Lefthand Canyon Fire 100% Contained; CalWood Fire Containment Increases . Boulder wildfires update: CalWood, Lefthand…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). Updated: 3:39 PM MDT October 24, 2020. Temperatures are expected to be up to 70 in the lower elevations with highs in the higher elevations in the upper 50s to low 60s. Winds are forecast to be higher this morning with 15-25 mph west winds over the higher elevations of the CalWood Fire and Lefthand Canyon Fire. Smoke and flames, however, are visible from the Lyons Park Estates area and firefighters are working on keeping the fire south of Colorado 7 and away from the estates. “Those lines are secure in that area, so that’s a really good place to hold.”. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. “The fuels are still really dry all over the region,” he said. Crews will also work to minimize fire spread and patrol for spot fires as winds increase over the fire area today. At last report, 445 firefighters were battling the Calwood fire. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Action Day Alert for the Colorado Front Range until at least 4pm Tuesday due to moderate to heavy smoke near the Cameron Peak, CalWood, and Lefthand Canyon fires. The new fire, southeast of Ward and named the Lefthand Canyon Fire, has burned about 303 … Both fires are likely to become more active Monday evening as weather conditions shift to be slightly more dry and windy. And the Lefthand Canyon fire has burned 386 acres and is 4 percent contained. Aircraft was used extensively on the north edge of the CalWood Fire to support ground crews constructing and mopping up line. Morning operational update for the CalWood and Left Hand Canyon Fires for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Yesterday, crews on the CalWood Fire worked extensively on all divisions of the fire constructing line as direct as possible to the fire’s edge. Lefthand Canyon firefighters will continue building and improving containment lines today. There are still lots of pockets of heat out there.”. TRAFFIC ALERT Interstate 70 closed this weekend from Brighton Boulevard to I … October 19, 2020, 1:04 PM. The air drops aided fire ground crews working between the fire’s northern perimeter and the town of Lyons. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Boulder wildfires update: CalWood, Lefthand Canyon fires show “very little fire movement” as crews attack from the air, Brush fire burns roughly 10 acres in Arapahoe County, Colorado looks to logging to help re-balance forests in an era of climate-triggered megafires, Cameron Peak Fire — Colorado’s largest wildfire on record — now 100% contained, The East Troublesome fire is 100% contained. Wind with gusts between 35-45 mph is … UPDATE (Oct. 18, 4:38 p.m.): Officials have estimated the Lefthand Canyon fire is burning 242 acres. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. On Sunday, low visibility over the CalWood fire limited the air attack there, but those air resources were diverted to the Lefthand Canyon fire, which had better visibility, Porter said, and crews were able to make headway on that fire. Alert. Both Boulder County fires were showing “very little fire movement” as suppression efforts continued, fire officials said. Lefthand Canyon firefighters will continue building and improving containment lines today. With the passage of the front, winds will shift back to the west around midnight. This has, sadly, increased the number of BVSD families and employees impacted. The Mountain-Ear Newspaper Established in 1977. The Lefthand Canyon fire grew slightly, to 385 acres, and was 4% contained. As you may have seen, fire crews in Boulder County are now fighting two fires. The glow on the left is Left Hand Canyon - one turn in from the Green Briar. Updated 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 2020 This story has been updated to correct the number of homes lost to the CalWood fire. on Enhancing the quality of senior life during Covid-19, on Lefthand Canyon Fire 100% Contained; CalWood Fire Containment Increases, Coping with Covid and teaching music remotely, Forest Supervisor closes three Front Range districts, Enhancing the quality of senior life during Covid-19, Lefthand Canyon Fire 100% Contained; CalWood Fire Containment Increases. The CalWood fire was becoming increasingly active early afternoon Monday, Pearson said, before fire command made the decision to go ahead with air strikes. The Sunday airdrops cost an estimated $1 million. To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com. The Lefthand Canyon fire on Wednesday evening was 460 acres, less than 1 square mile, with containment jumping from 4% to 43%, according to InciWeb. Winds are expected to be light at the lower elevations of the CalWood Fire throughout the day. The fire burned 460 acres of brush … Crews made good progress on the Lefthand Canyon Fire Monday constructing fireline along lines of retardant put into place on Sunday. Chief Niwot and his people lived along the Front Range often wintering in Boulder Valley, site of the future Boulder, Colorado. The fire has been moving east due to winds from the west, he said, but has been largely stopped west of U.S. 36. Helicopters dropped water to cool heat from interior hot spots while crews monitored for spot fires. The top of fireman hill (not visible) would be about dead center of this framing. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. Kieran Nicholson covers breaking news for The Denver Post. On Sunday, a new wildfire, dubbed the Lefthand Canyon Fire, started in the 14,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive near the town of Ward. Lighters winds allowed for the airplane drops on the CalWood fire, which started Saturday and is burning between Jamestown and Lyons in the Boulder County foothills. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. It has charred 312 acres as of Sunday night. If you fly, we can’t. That fire had grown to 9,106 acres, or about 14 square miles, by Monday evening and was 15% contained. The 460-acre fire is now 4% contained and started near the 14000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management said. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. Green Briar Inn would be bottom left corner. Today, CalWood firefighters will continue constructing firelines and mopping up hot spots. Heading into Wednesday, the fire was 4% contained. 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