BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — The Lefthand Canyon Fire in Boulder County is now fully contained, firefighters said … BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A new wildfire in Boulder County sparked along Lefthand Canyon Drive on Sunday afternoon. The top of fireman hill (not visible) would be about dead center of this framing. Updated: 3:39 PM MDT October 24, 2020. “This fire was able to get up and moved pretty quick on us,” Pearson said of the Lefthand Canyon fire. No evacuation or pre-evacuation orders are in place for residents east of U.S. 36. The CalWood fire was becoming increasingly active early afternoon Monday, Pearson said, before fire command made the decision to go ahead with air strikes. 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. Wind with gusts between 35-45 mph is … Cloud cover on Monday afternoon was helping firefighting efforts on the fires, Porter said. The Lefthand Canyon fire grew slightly, to 385 acres, and was 4% contained. On Sunday, air crews dropped 24 fire-retardant loads on the Lefthand Canyon fire, said Patrick Pearson, operations section chief on the fires. Closures and Evacuations: Road closures, evacuation orders, and evacuation warnings put in place by Boulder County Sheriffâs Office remain in effect for areas near both the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Lefthand Canyon firefighters will continue building and improving containment lines today. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. Both Boulder County fires were showing “very little fire movement” as suppression efforts continued, fire officials said. Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place over the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. The fire burned 460 acres of brush … > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. Aircraft will again be used to support ground operations. The Sunday airdrops cost an estimated $1 million. Today, CalWood firefighters will continue constructing firelines and mopping up hot spots. Yesterday, crews on the CalWood Fire worked extensively on all divisions of the fire constructing line as direct as possible to the fireâs edge. The Calwood fire has burned 9,106 acres and is 17 percent contained. CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fire updates. The fire has been moving east due to winds from the west, he said, but has been largely stopped west of U.S. 36. Kieran Nicholson covers breaking news for The Denver Post. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. As you may have seen, fire crews in Boulder County are now fighting two fires. She’s been a reporter since 2012, focused on criminal justice. The Lefthand Canyon fire started on October 18, 2020. Crews made good progress on the Lefthand Canyon Fire Monday constructing fireline along lines of retardant put into place on Sunday. 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. 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. Lefthand Canyon Fire. Chief Niwot and his people lived along the Front Range often wintering in Boulder Valley, site of the future Boulder, Colorado. Morning operational update for the CalWood and Left Hand Canyon Fires for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The latest map from the Boulder OEM is below showing the Cal-Wood Fire and evacuations for … There are still lots of pockets of heat out there.”. “Those lines are secure in that area, so that’s a really good place to hold.”. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page. Evacuation orders and road closures have not changed since Saturday, he said. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. The smaller Lefthand Canyon fire started along Lefthand Canyon Road east of Ward on Sunday. Those ridgetop winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon to 8-11 mph. 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. Lefthand Canyon firefighters will continue building and improving containment lines today. It has charred 312 acres as of Sunday night. Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. 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. 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. 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 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. Crews monitored for spot fires on the north side in the South St. Vrain drainage and on lands north of the fireâs edge. That fire had grown to 9,106 acres, or about 14 square miles, by Monday evening and was 15% contained. Helicopters made water drops on the fire Monday afternoon as well, along with drops on the nearby, and much smaller, Lefthand Canyon fire. 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. Heading into Wednesday, the fire was 4% contained. 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. The Lefthand Canyon fire, between Nederland and Jamestown, has burned around 460 acres and is about 100% contained. A new wildfire in Boulder County sparked along Lefthand Canyon Drive on Sunday afternoon. 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. Aircraft was used extensively on the north edge of the CalWood Fire to support ground crews constructing and mopping up line. The fire is being called the Lefthand Canyon Fire. “We’re expecting there will be some increase in fire activity through the day as those fuels dry out. 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. 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. UPDATE (Oct. 18, 4:38 p.m.): Officials have estimated the Lefthand Canyon fire is burning 242 acres. 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. “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. > Video above: Oct. 21 update on Lefthand Canyon and CalWood fires in Boulder County. (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. Crews made good progress on the Lefthand Canyon Fire Monday constructing fireline along lines of retardant put into place on Sunday. 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. He started at the Post in 1986, at the old building on 15th and California streets. TRAFFIC ALERT Interstate 70 closed this weekend from Brighton Boulevard to I … To sign up for alerts, please visit www.Boco911Alert.com. 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Fire Crews Make Progress On CalWood FireCooler weather helped firefighters gain more control of the CalWood Fire which ignited a week ago today. Both fires are likely to become more active Monday evening as weather conditions shift to be slightly more dry and windy. 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 fuels are still really dry all over the region,” he said. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. And the Lefthand Canyon fire has burned 386 acres and is 4 percent contained. Lefthand Canyon Fire. Please visit: https://go.usa.gov/x7arZ. 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. Shelly Bradbury is the courts reporter at the Denver Post. Helicopters dropped water to cool heat from interior hot spots while crews monitored for spot fires. 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. Those lines will be strengthened today. 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 … Boulder County sheriff’s officials have clarified the figure they first released Sunday. 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. 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. The Sunday airdrops cost an estimated $1 million. The Mountain-Ear Newspaper Established in 1977. For more information on evacuation orders near both fires, please visit https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. With the clearer skies and lower relative humidity today, more activity is expected on both fires. 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. The glow on the left is Left Hand Canyon - one turn in from the Green Briar. The U.S. Forest Service also has a closure in place on the Boulder Ranger District for public safety and to support firefighting efforts. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Fire officials said they had a successful night in maintaining containment in both the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon fires. 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