The significant rain event we experienced yesterday, May 18, appears to have passed. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the weather and we will post an update if conditions change and a new weather alert is issued.
The City of Boulder is planning to conduct a prescribed burn on about 5 acres of open space on Shanahan Ridge today. Ignitions are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, and will conclude by 4 p.m. Burning will be conducted only if and when weather and vegetation conditions are acceptable to assure the safety of the public and minimize the potential impacts of smoke. Boulder Fire-Rescue will supervise the planned burn, and firefighters will monitor the burn at all times until it is safely extinguished.
The intent of this burning is to help create a perimeter for additional burning that could occur through May 31. Prescribed burning will help reduce fire danger for south Boulder residents and help to improve forest ecosystem health. Additional information about prescribed burning is available at plannedburns.org.
The Gutzler Fire, which so far has burned over 200 acres southwest of the town of Kremmling, is causing hazy conditions in our area. In general, if you can see or smell smoke, it is recommended that you avoid outdoor physical activities. If visibility is decreased in your neighborhood to less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy. More information about the health risks and precautions related to wildfire smoke is available at:www.BoulderCounty.org/env/air/pages/wildfire.aspx.
The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will close at 6 p.m. this evening. All future updates related to #SunshineFire will come from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
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Traffic closures limiting Sunshine Canyon access to residents-only will lift at 7p.m. once firefighters & their equipment are out.
#SunshineFire now 100% contained.
Firefighters will continue to work overnight on hotspots and flare-ups; mop-up operations will continue tomorrow.
Wonderland Lake is now open, as aerial fire operations and bucket drops at #SunshineFire are no longer needed.
The public emergency call center for #SunshineFire is now closed.
Over the past (24) twenty-four hours, 14 volunteer call took 1,130 phone calls from concerned residents.
Unless there is a need the call center will not re-open.
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Pre-evacuation notices have been lifted. Any residents in this zone no longer need to be prepared to evacuate.
Mandatory evacuation notices have also been lifted. Residents living within the mandatory evacuation zones can return home. The intersection at 4th and Mapleton will allow residents through with ID and the intersection at Sunshine and Mapleton will also allow residents through with ID. The roads are still on soft closure meaning that only residents will be allowed to pass.
Some potential Public Health considerations for residents returning home:
Your well or septic system could be adversely affected by the fire, power outages, equipment failure from fire damage, or contamination of water supplies. Visually inspect your well and septic systems. Details about what to look for are available at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/pages/firewellseptic.aspx.
Food exposed to heat, smoke fumes, or chemicals used to fight fires, or where power has been out, may be compromised. Details about what to look for and steps to take are available at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/Pages/firefood.aspx.
If your home or property has been impacted by fire suppressant (slurry), it can be removed with gentle soap and water. Review instructions for removal at www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/Pages/firesuppressant.aspx.
A tetanus vaccination is recommended for all residents returning to the burn area who have not had a documented dose within the past ten years. Prompt first aid management for wounds and prevention of infection is also important. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, a health care professional should determine if a tetanus booster is necessary, based on individual records. More information is available at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/pages/firetetanus.aspx.
The public Call Center is open to take resident questions – 303-413-7730 – this is for NON-emergency calls only.
Call taker volunteers can help answer questions about evacuations, road closures, and other details.