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Portable showers, water totes, and toilets to be picked up on Monday, July 25

The portable showers and community water totes, handwashing stations, and porta toilets delivered to the #ColdSpringsFire burn area to assist residents who returned home to no electricity and a lack of fresh water supplies have now served their purpose and appear to be no longer needed by local residents.

The units will be picked up and removed from the designated areas on Ridge Road and Cold Springs Road on Monday, July 25. Residents are welcome to continue to use the facilities through the weekend.

See prior post: www.boulderoem.com/csdrinkingwatertotes/

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Nederland Disaster Assistance Center to end operations Wednesday, July 20 at 4 p.m.

Services will continue to be available to households impacted by the Cold Springs Fire.

The Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center in Nederland will continue to operate at the Nederland Community Center (750 Highway 72 North) through tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Operations will end at this location at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

At the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center, fire-impacted residents have access to help with food replacement, temporary housing, transportation assistance (including bus passes), and public supports such as health coverage and SNAP (food assistance). Information is also available about food safety and water testing, septic and well issues, fire retardant (slurry) cleanup, debris removal, rebuilding, and more.

Going forward, those impacted or displaced by the Cold Springs Fire can continue to:

#coldspringsfire

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Cold Springs Fire Update – Saturday, July 16th, 7 p.m.

Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team
Fire Information: 303-441-4444
Email: *protected email*
Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4848/
Twitter: #ColdSpringsFire

Saturday, July 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Information Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  

 

Cold Springs Fire Update

Suppression related activities on the Cold Spring Fire are winding down. Today crews and engines worked in the burn area assisting local residents, hot spotting where necessary, and improving containment lines where necessary. No aviation resources were utilized today. Firefighters will continue to patrol the burn area along with law enforcement, which will also patrol communities surrounding the Cold Springs Fire. Area residents should call 911 if they see anything concerning. Emergency phones have been installed at 1530 and 3151 Ridge Road and are flagged and signed to aid identification. The Cold Springs Fire was 100% contained on July 14, 2016 after burning 528 acres and destroying eight structures and numerous outbuildings.

At 12:00 am on July 17, 2016 the Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team will transfer command of the Cold Springs Fire to a local Type 4 organization. This will be the last media update for the Cold Springs Fire unless there is significant activity.

A Level 1 burn ban is in place in Boulder County including the Town of Nederland, Colorado. This ban includes any outdoor fires such as campfires and warming fires and forest slash piles. The discharge of fireworks is included in this ban.

Campfire and sports shooting restrictions are still in place on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and will remain in place until, working in close coordination, the Boulder County Sheriff and the Forest Supervisor determine it is appropriate to lift them. For more information these restrictions, and to find places to recreate on the National Forest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

Residents returning to the Cold Springs Fire area should expect to encounter a variety of hazards that include fire-weakened trees, blowing ash, stump holes, and smoke over the next few weeks within the fire perimeter. Homeowners are encouraged to visit www.coldspringsfirerecovery.org or www.boulderoem.com for recovery-related information.

The Town of Nederland is open and area businesses are ready to assist visitors and recreationists alike. Barker and Gross reservoirs are open for recreational activities. Visit nederlandco.org for information regarding events and area activities.

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Cleaning up your house and property – Do Not Use bleach to remove fire retardant

Saturday, July 16, 2016  10 a.m.
Cold Springs Fire – Public Announcement

For those needing to remove fire suppressant (retardant) from automobiles, propane tanks, wood siding, and other surfaces, it is important to not use bleach. Chemicals in the retardant react negatively when exposed to bleach and may produce a harmful gas.

Residents needing to remove fire suppressant should wear gloves and scrub lightly with soap (or Borax) and cold water. (Slurry Clean-up Safety flyer)

Although the health risk from fire suppressant to humans, plants, and animals is minimal, residents should exercise caution when removing retardant from objects. Residents should call 911 if they have contact with fire suppressants and any subsequent health concerns. Emergency phones have been installed at 1530 and 3151 Ridge Road, and are flagged and signed to aid identification.

Residents impacted by the Cold Springs Fire and returning to their homes are encouraged to use these resources for guidance on cleaning up after the fire:

The Salvation Army has been distributing free “fire clean-up” kits to households. These kits contain many helpful clean-up tools and accessories, like scrubbers, gloves, brooms, etc., that residents can use to work on their homes and personal property. The kits do contain a small bottle of bleach which can be used for clean-up work other than removing slurry or fire suppressant from any surface.

Cleanup kit

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Cold Springs Fire Update – Friday, July 15th, 8 p.m.

Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team
Fire Information: 303-441-4444
Email: *protected email*
Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4848/
Twitter: #ColdSpringsFire

Friday, July 15, 2016
8:00 PM
Information Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Cold Springs Fire Update

Firefighters continued to work in the area of the Cold Springs Fire today. Crews supported by engines from local fire departments continued to patrol the burn area, hot spotting where necessary, and back hauling hose and other equipment from suppression efforts throughout the past week. The Cold Springs Fire is 100% contained after burning 528 acres. Firefighters along with law enforcement will continue to patrol the burn area this evening. All mandatory evacuations have been lifted and impacted residents have returned home. Utility poles continue to be repaired across 1.5 miles of damaged lines.

Warmer weather is forecasted in the Cold Springs Fire burn area over the next few days. With lower relative humidity and winds out of the southwest, gusting to 10 mph, residents should expect to see increased levels of smoke from stump holes and other smoldering vegetation within the fire perimeter. Residents should call 911 if they see anything concerning. Emergency phones have been installed at 1530 and 3151 Ridge Road and are flagged and signed to aid identification.

At 7:00 am today, the Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed the management of the Cold Springs Fire. The Type 3 team was founded in 2010 and is composed of local fire professionals qualified in incident management from a variety of agencies within the Boulder County.

Residents returning to the Cold Springs Fire area should expect to encounter a variety of hazards that include fire-weakened trees, blowing ash, stump holes, and smoke over the next few weeks within the fire perimeter. Homeowners are encouraged to visit www.coldspringsfirerecovery.org or www.boulderoem.com for recovery-related information.

Campfire and sports shooting restrictions are still in place on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and will remain in place until, working in close coordination, the Boulder County Sheriff and the Forest Supervisor determine it is appropriate to lift them. For more information these restrictions, and to find places to recreate on the National Forest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

The Town of Nederland is open and area businesses are ready to assist visitors and recreationists alike. Visit www.nederlandco.org for information regarding events and area activities.

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Questions about volunteers and donations for the Cold Springs Fire

We are grateful that people want to help the fire victims and the Nederland community recover from the Cold Springs Fire. The response of the entire mountain community around Nederland has been a model of coordination, neighborliness, and partnership.

  • At this time, we do NOT have a need for volunteers or in-kind donations but tax-deductible cash donations may be made at: bit.ly/UnitedWayFoothills
  • If you are interested in signing up for an e-newsletter regarding volunteer needs, please go to: Information on Volunteering and complete the form. When there is a need for volunteers, you will receive an email explaining the nature of the need and the contact information.

Thank you.

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Disaster Assistance Center moving to Nederland Community Center on Monday

The Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center in Nederland will move to the Nederland Community Center at 750 Highway 72 North on Monday, July 18, and operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through at least Wednesday, July 20. The DAC will be closed Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.

At the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center, fire-impacted residents have access to help with food replacement, temporary housing, transportation assistance (including bus passes), and public supports such as health coverage and SNAP (food assistance). Information is also available about food safety and water testing, septic and well issues, fire retardant (slurry) cleanup, debris removal, rebuilding, and more. Read more ›

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Cold Springs Fire Situation Report – Friday, July 15

The fire transitioned at 7 a.m. this morning from a Type II Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team to a Type III Boulder Incident Management Team. Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Fire Management Official, Jay Stalnacker, is Incident Commander.

The fire was flown over again last night and infrared showed no hot spots in the burn area. That doesn’t mean there’s still not a lot of work to be done, but crews have made substantial progress in mopping up the fire.

Weather remains a concern throughout the region. Continued dry, hot conditions present risks for any new fire start anywhere in the mountain communities and forested areas. Fire patrols from many county, local, and US Forest Service agencies are doing daily “severity” fire patrols in order to be able to spot and attack new fires quickly. Additionally, at Nederland Fire’s request, Timberline Fire is assisting with fire patrols of West Magnolia.

A lot of the areas in the mountains are in rugged, difficult to access terrain, so it is imperative that people abide by the fire ban regulations and not use open flame of any kind, including a match or cigarette, anywhere in unincorporated Boulder County or the Town of Nederland.

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Cold Springs Fire is 100% contained; all remaining closures lifted

Rocky Mountain Incident Management 2 Team Black                                      

Email: *protected email*

Twitter: #ColdSpringsFire 

Thursday, July 14, 2016  8 PM

Cold Springs Fire Update

The Cold Springs Fire is 100% contained after burning 528 acres over a seven-day period. Crews continued to engage in suppression repair within all areas of the fire. Firefighters will continue to patrol within and around the burn area. All remaining mandatory evacuation orders were lifted at 8:00 pm on July 14, 2016, which will allow the remaining evacuated residents to return home. Returning residents may not have electricity.

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All evacuation orders lifted at 8 p.m. Thursday night

All evacuation orders are on track to be officially lifted tonight (Thursday, July 14) at 8 p.m. All residents still under mandatory evacuation orders will be allowed to return to their homes and remain. Xcel Energy and fire crews still on duty are doing last-minute work in the area, and once they leave, all roads and access will be open to all residents. Please call Sheriff’s dispatch at 303-441-4444 overnight if you encounter any problems with reentering the #ColdSpringFire burn area.

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