Terrain Satellite
Calwood
FIRE
10,106
acres
4 mi
NNE of Jamestown, CO
85%
contained
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
22 mins, 33 secs ago
Incident #:
2020-COBLX-001036
Fire Start:
Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:17 PM MDT
Fire Unit:
County/Local — Boulder County Office

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 1 week ago

Incident Photo for the Calwood Fire

11/14/2020 Update:

The #CalWoodFire was contained today at 11:30 AM. The fire was again tested by high winds today and showed no signs of heat or smoke. Firefighters will continue to check the fire daily. This will be the last update unless something significant happens.

11/13/2020 Update:

The #CalWoodFire remains 85 percent contained. Today, the fire was tested by winds but showed no signs of smoke or heat. Additionally, the MMA flight detected no heat sources in the fire area. Boulder County Communications Center continued to receive multiple phone calls about smoke columns. This was confirmed to be snow, ash and dust blowing in the wind by firefighters patrolling the fire. Please rest assured, firefighters will continue to closely monitor and patrol the fire for any sources of heat or smoke. Higher winds are expected tomorrow in the 60 mph range with gusts up to 80 mph. A storm this weekend is expected to bring more snow to the fire area.

11/12/2020 Update:
 

The #CalWoodFire remains 85 percent contained. Today, patrols monitoring the fire found no sources of heat or smoke, although the Boulder County Communications Center received multiple phone calls about smoke columns. As snow, ash and dust blows around it might look a lot like smoke. Please rest assured, firefighters will continue to closely monitor and patrol the fire for any sources of heat or smoke. Snow is holding well on the north aspects of the fire in the rocky area above Highway 7. The Another MMA flight will take place tomorrow to once again check for sources of heat on the north side of the fire. Winds are expected tomorrow. A storm this weekend is expected to bring more snow to the fire area.

11/10 /2020 Update:

The #CalwoodFire received about 2 inches of snow from the last storm. Windy weather today has blown much of the snow off of the south facing slopes exposing the ground. On the north facing slopes snow cover remains. Patrols on the fire found no new areas of smoke today. Tomorrow, the fire will be monitored with a remote camera that will help firefighters keep an eye on any smoke along the skyline. Our next update on the fire will be on the evening of Thursday 11/12, unless something significant happens.

11/9/2020 UPDATE:

The #CalWoodFire received a minimum of 1 inch of snow today and no smoke was visible. Tomorrow it is expected to be partly cloudy and cold with a high of 43 degrees on the fire. Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire and look for any new smoke.  

11/8/2020 Update:
There was minimal activity on the #CalWoodFire today. Two on-the-ground firefighters accessed a steep section of the north side of the fire near Central Gulch where smoke was observed late in the shift. With the assistance of 13 bucket drops from a helicopter, they were able to extinguish this hot spot. No other heat was detected along the fireline today. An excavator completed suppression repair work along the south side of the fire. Cooler weather with up to an inch of snow is expected tomorrow. Firefighters plan to patrol and monitor the fire and plan to conduct an infrared flight later this week after the area has received precipitation.

11/7/2020 Update:
Firefighters continued monitoring and patrolling the #CalWoodFire as well as rehabilitating fire suppression damage on the southern side of the fire today. More rehabilitation work is planned for tomorrow. An infrared flight to check for any remaining heat will take place next week after the cold front has come through. The fire will transition tonight to a local Type 4 team with Kael Donley as the Incident Commander.

11/6/2020 Update:
The #CalWoodFire remains at 85% containment. Firefighters monitored and patrolled today and did not find any additional hot spots. Crews continued suppression repair work on the south side of the fire. An assessment of ecological and infrastructure damage within the fire area’s interior is also ongoing. An infrared flight to check for any remaining heat will take place after the predicted cold front moves in on Monday. Management of the fire will transition to a local Type 4 Team tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. 

11/5/2020 PM Update:

The #CalWood Fire is now 85 percent contained. The two areas that were identified to have heat signatures yesterday by the MMA flight continued to look good with no signs of smoke. The helicopter aided in monitoring them earlier today. Tomorrow warm weather continues. Temperatures are expected in the mid-60s with 5-7 m.p.h. winds and gusts up to 20 m.p.h. Firefighters will continue to patrol the north side of the fire and their suppression repair work on the south side of the fire.  

11/5/2020 AM Update:
 
Temperatures are expected as high as 60 degrees, with 25 percent humidity and light and variable winds. The MMA identified hotspots are looking good with the work performed yesterday. Firefighters will patrol the north side of the fire today and will continue suppression repair work on the south side of the fire. Remember to watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7. Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

11/4/2020 PM Update:

An MMA flight revealed that only two small areas of heat remain on the #CalWood Fire. These hotspots are within the rugged hard to access area on the northside of the fire. The helicopter assisted firefighters with waterdrops again today.  On the contained south side of the fire, progress on suppression repair continued. There were moderate temps on the fire with some gusty winds but there were no concerns and the fire size did not change and remains at 76 percent contained.  An engine will remain on the fire until late tonight.  Tomorrow cooler temperatures are expected in the mid 50s with normal winds.

11/4/2020 AM Update:
Firefighters will continue their mop up work today on the uncontained north side of the fire along Highway 7. They will also be working on the contained south side continuing their suppression repair work. Winds are expected to increase at 7-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Temperatures are expected in the low 60s and relative humidity in the 30s.

Remember to watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7.  Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

11/3/2020 PM Update:

Firefighters had good success today mopping up isolated hotspots on the north side of the #Calwood Fire. The helicopter assisted with water drops. The fire remains at 76% contained and did not increase in size. Firefighters also worked with heavy equipment to continue suppression repair on the south side of the fire. An engine crew will remain on the fire until late this evening. Tomorrow winds are expected to increase at 7-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Temperatures are expected in the low 60s and relative humidity in the 30s.

11/3/2020 AM Update:

More warm and dry weather is expected today in the #Calwood Fire area. Firefighters are using the data from yesterday’s MMA flight to address hotspots on the uncontained north side of the fire near Highway 7. They are also continuing their suppression repair work on the contained south side of the fire.

Remember to watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7.  Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

11/2/2020 PM Update:

The #CalWood Fire did not increase in size today and remains at 76 percent contained. Firefighters continued their work cooling isolated hotspots on the uncontained northside of the fire near Highway 7. They also continued suppression repair efforts on the contained south side of the fire. An engine will remain on the fire until late this evening. The forecast for tomorrow includes temperatures in the high 60s and low humidity.

11/2/2020 AM Update:

Warmer and drier conditions are expected in the fire area with temperatures in the low 60s. Firefighters are continuing their work on the uncontained northside of the #CalWood Fire near Highway 7. A helicopter will continue to assist firefighters with water drops in this area to cool isolated hotspots. Another MMA flight is expected this afternoon and the data will be used to further guide firefighters in their efforts. On the contained south side of the fire, suppression repair will continue. Firefighters will be working closely with a resource advisor as we continue this work to minimize potential soil erosion and impacts from fire suppression activities.

Remember to watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7.  Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

11/1/2020 PM Update:

The #CalWood Fire remains at 76% percent contained and did not increase in size or produce much smoke today. Firefighters continued mop-up work and were assisted with water drops from the helicopter to cool isolated hotspots. Firefighters were also able to gain more access in the rugged steep area along Highway 7 to work hotspots in that uncontained area near Highway 7 more directly. They also patrolled the south and east areas of the fire and continued suppression repair work to minimize potential soil erosion and impacts from fire suppression activities in areas where the fire has been contained. Hotter and drier weather is expected over the next couple of days but no significant wind events. Tonight, an engine crew will remain on scene until late in the evening. Tomorrow another MMA flight will help identify more hotspots and firefighters will continue their mop-up work.

11/1/2020 AM Update:
Warmer temperatures and low humidity are expected today. Most of the snow has melted in the fire area. Some smoke may be visible today. Firefighters will use information from yesterday’s MMA flight and continue to mop-up isolated hot spots and work to further secure firelines using aircraft as needed. They will be working their way into the uncontained portion of the fire area where it is safe to do so.  Firefighters will also continue suppression repair work to minimize potential soil erosion and impacts from fire suppression activities on some of the contained portions of the fire.

Watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7.  Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

10/31/2020 PM Update:
The #CalWood Fire remains at 76% contained and did not increase in size. There was low fire activity today even with the morning winds. Firefighters continued to make good progress cooling hotspots and were assisted as needed by waterdrops from a helicopter. Firefighters also began some suppression repair work to minimize potential soil erosion and impacts from fire suppression activities on some of the contained portions of the fire. An engine crew will remain on the fire until late this evening.

10/31/2020 AM Update:
There was no reported fire activity overnight even with the increased winds. Windy conditions are expected again today.  An MMA flight will take place today to identify more heat areas within the fire.  Firefighters will use that information to continue to mop-up isolated hot spots and work to further secure firelines using aircraft as needed. Yesterday firefighters were successful in mopping up most of the heat on the south and east portions of the fire. Today they will continue to use the helicopter to help cool any hotspots on the uncontained northside of the fire along Highway 7. Some smoke may be visible today.

Watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7.  Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

10/30/2020 PM Update:
The #CalWood Fire remains at 76% percent containment and did not increase in size or produce much smoke today.  Firefighters continued mop-up work with the helicopter continuing to assist with water drops to cool hotspots. Snow is melting from the area. Winds are expected to increase overnight, so a local engine will be staffing the fire tonight.  Tomorrow another infrared flight will help identify more hotspots and firefighters will continue their mop-up work.

10/30/2020 AM Update:
Firefighters will use information from last night's infrared flight to identify isolated hotspots and continue mop-up work to further secure firelines using aircraft as needed. They will continue to monitor weather forecasts and prepare for potential fire spread as snow continues to melt off of the fire over the next several days.

10/29/2020 PM Update:
Today firefighters accomplished a lot of good work mopping up some of the isolated hot spots. They were assisted by a helicopter doing bucket work in the rugged terrain on the northside of the fire by Highway 7. The #CalWood Fire will have another infrared flight tonight to assess heat in the fire as the snow begins to melt. Friday firefighters will continue to use information from the infrared flight to identify isolated hotspots and continue mop-up work to further secure firelines using aircraft as needed. Firefighters will continue to monitor weather forecasts and prepare for potential fire spread as snow continues to melt off of the fire over the next several days.

10/29/2020 AM:

The #CalWood Fire is now being managed by a local Type 3 Team led by Incident Commander (IC) Tim Griffin and IC Trainee Seth McKinney. Staff on the fire today include seven engine modules, two 10-person initial attack module and a helicopter with a helitack module. Firefighters are using information from the infrared flight to develop a strategy to address isolated hot spots that may need further work within the fire perimeter. They are patrolling the fire and mopping-up to further secure the fire as the snowy conditions allow. Containment remains at 76 percent due the uncontained portion of the fire that is in steep rugged inaccessible terrain along Highway 7. Firefighters are assessing the effects of the snow and developing strategies for that section.

Some smoke may be visible today. Watch out for firefighters and fire equipment that will be working around the fire area and along Highway 7.  Please help us keep our firefighters safe by slowing down and using extra caution when driving near the fire area.

For information about community impacts (road closures, evacuations, etc.), please contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at 303-441-1500 or SheriffPIO@bouldercounty.org.

 For assistance with fire recovery (assistance with housing, food, debris removal, mental health support, etc.) please contact our Disaster Assistance Center at: firerecovery@bouldercounty.org, 303-441-1206, or visit: www.bouldercounty.org/disasters/wildfires/recovery/.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Saturday October 17th, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM
Location:
3 miles north west of Jamestown
Incident Commander:
IC Kael Donley and IC Trainee Andy Epp
Coordinates:
40.154, -105.382

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
12
Size (Acres):
10,106
Containment:
85%
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday November 14th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved:
Timber
Significant Events:
Fire

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Patrol and look for smoke and heat sources
Projected Incident Activity:
Snow remains on the north facing slopes. High winds Winds are expected tomorrow

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Tomorrow winds are expected in the 60 mph range with gusts up to 80 mph

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Phone: 303-441-1500
Fire Unit Information
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Dispatch Contact

Fort Collins Interagency Dispatch Center | Fort Collins, CO
Phone: 970-295-6800
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2ftc/