Calwood Fire in Boulder County forces thousands to evacuate

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2020.-

Several roads have also been closed due to the wildfire near the Cal-Wood Education Center.

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado — A wildfire in Boulder County has grown to 7,046 acres and forced thousands of evacuations, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said.

BCSO tweeted at 12:46 p.m. yesterday that fire crews were combating a blaze near the Cal-Wood Education Center. That's about 17 miles northwest of downtown Boulder.

BCSO said close to 3,000 people in about 1,600 homes were affected by evacuation orders, including the entire town of Jamestown.

BCSO said multiple homes have probably been lost to the fire, but they have been unable to assess the damage to get an exact figure on the damage.

The cause has not been determined, but BCSO said there is no indication that it was caused by lightning.

Air resources will be called in Sunday morning, according to BCSO, to attack the fire before the wind picks up in the afternoon.

Some roads will remain closed all night, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM):

North Foothills Highway between Boulder and Lyons, including access off feeder roads.

South St. Vrain (Highway 7) between the west end of Lyons and the Peak-to-Peak (Hwy. 72).

Boulder OEM said many residents have checked in at the evacuation point at Broadway and Iris Avenue, but only four residents have needed to be set up with shelter for the night. That evacuation point has closed for the night and will reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Boulder OEM is asking that no one show up to spontaneously volunteer or donate supplies at any areas, particularly at the evacuation point in Boulder, saying they need to maintain space and order at the location for the families who have evacuated.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging travelers to avoid the area to allow emergency responders and evacuees to move as needed.

A call center has been established for non-emergency questions at 303-413-7730. It closed at 10 p.m. Saturday and will open again at 8 a.m. Sunday. Anyone who sees flames in their immediate area should call 911.

Pets can be taken to the Boulder Valley Humane Society at 2323 55th Street in Boulder or the Longmont Humane Society at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.

Livestock including horses, cows, sheep, chickens and pigs can be sheltered at the Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont starting at 7 a.m. Sunday. If it fills up, Boulder OEM said, people with animals may want to go to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 15200 W. 6th Ave. in Golden.

Due to the fire, the Jamestown Post Office has moved operations to the Nederland Post Office. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Below is a map of the evacuation and pre-evacuation areas from the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

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