A wildfire that started on a property in the 14,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive has grown to more than 240 acres and has now prompted evacuations for Ward, Sunshine Canyon and Gold Hill.
Ward, along with homes along Spring Gulch Road and on the 13,000 block of Lefthand Canyon, was the first area to see mandatory evacuation orders. Altogether, at least 145 homes have been evacuated, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
Homes north of Ward, Gold Hill and Sunshine Canyon area are now also under mandatory evacuation orders, which can be found at bouldercounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=13ab214fe2bb4da5a850df0ca0f00fc5.
Jamestown, which was under voluntary evacuation for the nearby Cal-Wood Fire, is now also under voluntary evacuation for this fire as well.
Boulder County officials said that due to an error with some third-party alert systems such as Amazon’s Alexa, some residents of Boulder and Longmont were told evacuate even though those cities are not in the evacuation area.
The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m. and was growing because of heavy winds, according to scanner traffic. Crews initially estimated the Lefthand Canyon Fire at five acres, but by 2:45 p.m. Boulder County officials said as of 4 p.m. the fire was estimated to be 242 acres in size.
Lefthand Canyon Drive is closed at Peak to Peak Highway and Sawmill Road. Old Depot Road, Humboldt Street, Gold Lake Road and County Road 100 are all closed at Peak to Peak Highway.
An evacuation point has been set up at Nederland Community Center, 750 Peak to Peak Highway. Large animals can be taken to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds, 230 Norton Drive in Blackhawk.
The fire started as crews in Boulder County were already fighting the Cal-Wood Fire, which has grown to almost 9,000 acres north of the Lefthand Canyon Fire.
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