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Lefthand Canyon Fire

Unit Information

Boulder County Sheriffs Office
5600 Flatiron Parkway Boulder Colorado 80301

Incident Contact

Boulder County Office of Emergency Management
Phone: 303-441-1500

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The Lefthand Canyon fire started on October 18, 2020. 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. It was 100% contained as of October 22, 2020. Recent snow and cold temperatures have put out much of the heat in the fire area, but some interior smoke may remain.

Local resources will continue to monitor the area until they are confident the fire is completely extinguished and the fire is declared out. The cause is still under investigation.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday October 18th, 2020 approx. 12:30 PM
Location1 mile east of Ward, CO
Incident CommanderRocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black, Troy Hagan
Coordinates40.062 latitude, -105.48 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size460 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved


Significant Events



Minimal fire behavior due to snowy and cold conditions.


Planned Actions

Continue to mop-up, hold and secure containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Cold temperatures along with snow will result in minimal fire activity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today...A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through early Monday

morning. So far reports in the foothills of 4" of snow, Much higher

amounts are anticipated in the foothills and mountains with storm totals between 8 and 12 inches by Monday morning.