Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
CalWood Fire Update
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Troy Hagan, Incident Commander
CalWood Fire Transitioning to Unified Command
Current Situation: The CalWood Fire had minimal fire activity on Tuesday after snow blanketed the fire area over the weekend. Warmer temperatures on Tuesday prompted some snowmelt, but many sheltered areas of the fire are expected to have snow cover for several days. Smoke will be visible through the day and flames may be visible at night as fuels inside containment lines continue to burn in the coming days and weeks. The fire remains at 10,105 acres and is 76% contained.
Today at 6:00 p.m., Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black will transfer command of the fire to a unified command comprised of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Fire Management. Firefighters will continue patrolling and monitoring the fire.
Team Black Incident Commander Troy Hagan noted the excellent support from the community and all the agencies involved in managing the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires. “Team Black appreciates the local communities’ support during our time assigned to the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires,” said Incident Commander Hagan. “The coordination and relationships among local agencies were critical in the successful results we have seen on these incidents to date.”
This will the last written update for the CalWood Fire unless significant activity occurs. Any future updates will be posted to the CalWood Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/).
Weather & Fuel Conditions: The forecast for Wednesday is sunny and cool, with temperatures ranging from the high 30s to mid 40s. Winds are expected to be light, up to 8 mph on the ridgetops. This evening will be clear, with lows in the 20s. There is a warming trend for the rest of the week. By the weekend, highs could be in the lower 40s to mid 50s.
Closures and Evacuations: The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation orders and evacuation warnings. For complete information on road closures and evacuations in Boulder County, please visit the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) website at https://boulderoem.com or https://arcg.is/0Lq5fD.
The U.S. Forest Service has a temporary closure in place for all activities on Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests lands in Grand, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties; for more information on these emergency closures, please visit https://go.usa.gov/x7CZJ. Boulder County Parks and Open Space has closed multiple properties to public use; for more information on these closures, please visit https://boco.org/BCPOSfireclosures.
Air Quality: Recent snow continues to limit fire behavior and smoke. Longmont, Boulder, and the greater Denver area will exhibit good to moderate air quality through Wednesday. For more details and localized information, visit: https://airnow.gov. For a smoke forecast for Colorado’s central Front Range; please visit https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColoradoFrontRange.
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. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell and land line phones, by text and/or by email. To sign up for alerts, please visit: www.Boco911Alert.com.
CalWood Fire Statistics:
Size: 10,105 acres
Total Personnel: 236
Location: 3 miles N of Jamestown, CO
Reported: October 17
Cause: Under Investigation
For More Information:
Fire Information Office: (720) 310-5598 (through 6 p.m. October 28)
Boulder County OEM: (303) 441-1500 (beyond 6 p.m. October 28)
Interactive Story Map: https://arcg.is/1ybX0u
CalWood InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7245/