World News – US – CalWood Fire burns over 7,000 acres in Boulder County on the day it begins


(CBS4) – Most of Colorado’s major wildfires in 2020 burned in the high country and relatively far from the Denver metro area Everything changed on Saturday when the CalWood fire broke out on Saturday at noon and burned over 7,000 acres in Boulder County The plume of smoke could be seen dozens of miles away, and it forced evacuations from the hilltop town of Jamestown and pre-evacuation warnings for other areas, including parts of Lyon Around 900 homes are affected by the evacuation order

The pillar of smoke and flame erupted in an area near the Cal-Wood Education Center, south of Freeway 7 (also known as South St Vrain Drive) and northeast of Bald Mountain The huge smoke tower could be clearly seen from the town of Boulder and it moved east in high winds in the afternoon causing a spooky scene After dark, flames could be seen on the mountainside

After 8 p.m. Boulder County emergency officials said the blaze was determined to be 7,064 acres, a breathtaking figure for a wildfire on the first day of operation Strong winds and unusually dry conditions are rife in Colorado

The fire has several major impacts on traffic The North Foothills Expressway (Highway 36) from Boulder to Lyon will be closed at least until Sunday morning, “including access to all service roads” L ‘Autoroute 7 is also closed from the western end of Lyon and the Peak-to-Peak Autoroute (Autoroute 72)

Aside from the Jamestown evacuation, residents of Lyon have been told they should be prepared to evacuate if the fire behavior changes on Sunday Boulder County officials said this included Apple residents Valley Road to Highway 36

Jamestown was one of many Front Range mountain communities that had to be evacuated in September 2013 when devastating flooding caused severe damage

Follow the Boulder Office of Emergency Management at boulderoemcom or on Twitter for up-to-date information on the fire

Cal-Wood Education Center, Boulder County, Emergency Evacuation, Jamestown

World news – United States – CalWood fire burns over 7,000 acres in Boulder County on the day it begins


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