Several wildfires are burning thousands of acres across Colorado. The most recent is the Cal Woods Lefthand Canyon wildfires, both of which began burning over the weekend. The Cal Woods Fire is the larger of the two and is located east of the area between Boulder and Lyons, Colorado. As of this article’s writing, approximately 8,788 acres have burned, and the fire was 15% contained. The causes of both fires are still under investigation.
The Cal Woods Fire began burning on Saturday, October 17th, around noon. Around 2:25 on Saturday, the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced evacuation orders for the area. 900 homes are under the evacuation orders, many of which include livestock that had to be moved. Fire crews from across the Denver Metro area began assisting Boulder County and the US Forest Service, lead managers on the wildfire, beginning on Saturday night. As of Monday morning, 26 structures have been damaged in the fire.
An additional fire started burning south of the Cal Woods Fire near the town of Ward, around 1:00pm on Sunday. According to reports, the new fire, called the Lefthand Canyon fire, grew from about 5 acres to about 312 in 6 hours. Heavy winds contributed to the fast spread. At least 145 homes have been evacuated because of the Lefthand Canyon Fire, according to the Boulder OEM. Colorado has had multiple wildfires over the summer. The largest wildfire in the state’s history, the Cameron Peak Fire, has been burning since August 13th. The Cameron Peak Fire is located west of Fort Collins near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake. As of this article’s writing, 203,604 acres have burned in the Cameron Peak Fire, and it is 62% contained. The cause of the Cameron Peak Fire is also still under investigation.