June 29 - Help Colorado now - Donate to Aid Victims of the CO wildfires http://www.crowdrise.com/helpcoloradonow
June 29 - 3:55 p.m. - Back burn will produce smoke; fire is not flaring up on its own
Firefighting crews will be igniting a "back burn" within the fire perimeter that will produce heavy smoke throughout the afternoon and may cause concern for residents and visitors. The back burn is a planned activity where flame is applied to fuels in the fire zone that have not yet burned in order to strengthen the perimeter around the fire.
A lot of smoke will be visible, but the fire is not flaring up on its own. Experienced crews are coordinating this effort with the intent of decreasing the potential for the fire to grow outside the contained areas.
3:45 pm - Reports of a spot fire on Green Mountain between the 2nd and 3rd flatirons. It was started by a lightning strike. Crews are investigating.
June 28 - 3 p.m. - Evacuations lifted
The evacuation order for homes in the area of the Flagstaff Fire has been rescinded. Residents of the 28 homes in the evacuation area have been allowed access back into their neighborhoods.
A soft road closure remains in place for Flagstaff Road and Bison Drive. Sheriffs deputies will only allow access to residents with proper identification.
Residents are advised to use caution when accessing the area. It is still an active fire zone with firefighters and heavy equipment moving through the area.
All open space properties west of Broadway/Highway 93 from Flatirons Vista Trailhead north to Boulder Canyon/Highway 119/Canyon Boulevard remain closed.
5:50 PM - All reported spot fires are either out or under control.
June 27 - 5:35 pm - Reported spot fire in S. Boulder County near Eldorado Springs & Shanahan Ridge has been investigated; no flames or smoke present.
June 27th - 11:05 a.m. - What to Donate & What NOT to Donate
Many people in the community are asking what they can do to help with the fire. Currently, material donations are NOT needed at this time.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES RESPONDING TO DISASTERS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP.
Cash allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.
To make a financial gift, contact the Red Cross at www.denver-redcross.org or call 303-722-7474 and specify that you are donating to the Boulder Flagstaff Fire.
Do not go to the scene of a disaster to offer help. The arrival of unexpected volunteers and material donations will interfere with response efforts.
If you want to volunteer or learn more about how to donate, go to www.HelpColoradoNow.org.
Other ways to help:
Hold a yard sale or put on a fund-raising event and donate money raised to a voluntary organization responding to this disaster
Have you already collected goods but cant find an agency that needs them? Donate items to a local charitable agency.
9:30 a.m. The pre-evacuation notices sent yesterday are still in place. There are no changes to the boundaries or number of homes affected by the existing evacuation and pre-evacuation notices that were sent on Tuesday.
The current pre-evacuation boundaries are Dartmouth Avenue to the north, Greenbriar Boulevard to the south, Table Mesa Drive and the foothills on the west, and Broadway on the east.
Residents in this area should begin preparing for possible evacuation orders. Gather up personal belongings and pets and stay tuned for additional instructions. An evacuation center has been established at the East Boulder Community Center at 5660 Sioux Drive.
9 a.m. - City of Boulder has canceled the 4th of July Fireworks show due to high fire risk -
7 am - A flyover with an infrared scanner has shown the fire to be approximately 230 acres in size. The Flagstaff Fire has no containment. There are 250 personnel working the fire from 50 agencies.
Aerial fire fighting operations will begin at 8 a.m. and will include two heavy tankers, two large Type 1 helicopters (heli-tankers) and two smaller Type 3 helicopters.
Two hand crews will also be working the fire from the ground on the southwest flank. Due to weather and terrain, operations will be mostly from the air today.
Weather today calls for 15-20 mph winds with gusts of 25. Humidity is 15-20 percent and scattered thunderstorms are possible this afternoon.
9 pm - Flagstaff Fire update from the Boulder OEM:
-Only 26 homes have been evacuated near Bison Drive and Kossler Lake.
-A total of 2,416 reverse notifications have been sent to people in and around the affected area.
-Three helicopters and two tanker planes were working the fire until sunset.
-About 100 firefighters are on the ground doing structure protection through the night.
-The fire is burning in upper Skunk Canyon. just west of the NIST/NOAA campus, and expected to produce smoke in Boulder through the night.
-A Federal Type 1 team is expected to take over management of the fire on Wednesday.
-All Pets Animal Hospital, 5290 Manhattan Circle, 303-499-5335, is open 24 hours and is accepting small animals. In the case of an evacuation, small animals can be dropped off at All Pets if their owners are unable to take them with them in the case of an evacuation.
-No structures are threatened at this time.
-There are no reported injuries and there is zero percent containment of the approximately 300 acre fire.
6:30 pm - HelpColoradoNow.org is set up to receive financial donations for all wildfires in Colorado.
6 p.m. - Call center activated
The Emergency Operations Center has activated a call center for residents and others impacted by the fire to obtain information. The phone number is 303-413-7730. People seeking fire and evacuation information are encouraged to call this number. Individuals reporting new emergencies should continue to call 911.
Boulder Police: Type 1 federal incident team on way. Team was prepositioned in Jeffco. C-130, helicopter, air tanker fighting from air.
Boulder Police: Pre evac in city of boulder in place now. Be ready to leave: Dartmouth ave on north, west to table Mesa & NCAR area, east to broadway
The Flagstaff Fire is now estimated to be 200-300 acres in size.
3:45 p.m. Road Closures - Bison Drive, Flagstaff Rd.
Bison Drive from 1000 block West
Flagstaff Rd. from Baseline & 6th Ave
Hard closures. No public access allowed. Residents are urged to take vital records and proof of residency when they leave.
3:28 p.m. - Flagstaff Fire (formerly Bison Fire)
Sheriff's Command has issued evacuation orders for approximately 26 households in the area of Bison Drive and Pine Needle Notch subdivision. An evacuation point is being established at New Vista High School at Broadway and Baseline. Red Cross is on its way. Residents are advised to take vital records, proof of residency and any pets with them.
3:09 p.m. - Big Elk Meadows fire
A second fire is reported in the Big Elk Meadows Fire Protection District. It is currently on Federal land and will be handled by the U.S. Forest Service.
According to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, there is a fire burning near Bison Drive east of Walker Ranch in the foothills of southern Boulder County. A heavy air tanker is en route and 39 pre-evacuation notices have been sent to residents on Bison Drive and in the Pine Needle Notch subdivision.
A helicopter and heavy air tanker are working on the Bison Fire which is estimated at 6 acres and growing. Smoke can be seen from the city of Boulder and surrounding areas. Rocky Mountain Fire is in charge of the fire.
Flagstaff Rd. is being used for transport of firefighting equipment. Public access will be restricted or closed along this road until further notice.
Created:06/26/12, Modified:07/02/12, expires:07/01/12, priority:9