High winds Sunday pushed the Cold Springs Fire towards Highway 119 and Boulder Creek Canyon, but fire fighters worked overnight to construct fire lines and protect newly-threatened homes. Total acreage is now estimated at 606 acres with zero containment. Two very small “spot” fires on the south side of Boulder Creek Canyon were fully contained and are being put out. At least 17 engines crews and four, 20-person hot shot crews worked overnight to build fire lines from Highway 119 along the fire’s edge. Crews also conducted some “burn out” operations along the Highway 119 to strengthen fire lines by carefully eliminating fuel between the road and the main body of the fire. Highway 119 remains closed between the town of Nederland and Boulder because of the fire. Updated information about road closures and evacuations is available through the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management at BoulderOEM.com/emergency-status.
Today fire fighters will work to protect homes and keep the fire from spreading across Highway 119 or across the Peak-to-Peak Highway. Air resources working today include five “heavy” helicopters, two Blackhawks from the Colorado Air National Guard, and one smaller helicopter. Fixed wing airplanes, capable of dropping retardant, are available if needed.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team 2, Shane Greer, Incident Commander, took command of the fire at 08:30 p.m. Sunday night. “We want to thank the local fire resources, law enforcement and Boulder County for all their hard work thus far,” said Greer. “We plan to continue their good work and get this community back to normal as soon as possible.” A meeting to brief evacuees and community members will be held at 1:00 p.m. today at Nederland High School.
On the afternoon of July 10th at 4:40 pm, sheriff's detectives arrested two men at the Nederland High School evacuation site for their role in starting the Cold Springs Fire.
The fire is currently at 606 acres. The following are some closures to be aware of:
Peak to Peak - Gold Hill to Indian Peaks Hard closure
Boulder Canyon - Sugarloaf to E Street Hard closure
Boulder Canyon - Base to Sugarloaf - Soft closure - residents only Magnolia
Boulder Canyon to Peak to Peak - Hard closure
Sugarloaf - Boulder Canyon to Peak to Peak - Soft closure - residents only
County 126S closed at Peak to Peak
County Road 97 closed at Coal Creek Canyon
You should also note that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are now in place on the Boulder, Canyon Lakes and Clear Creek Ranger Districts. For more information, click here.
For the most up-to-date information on the fire, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4848/