Regional Wildfire Exercise Scheduled for May 20-21

On Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, a full-scale training exercise will be held in partnership with Boulder County agencies, the City of Boulder, Boulder Office of Emergency Management and the Boulder Incident Management Team. The training exercise will involve more than 25 agencies, more than 300 participants, and will exercise all elements of a wildland fire incident from the initial response to mass care management.

Residents may see and hear personnel and equipment associated with this training exercise, which will include helicopter flights, in and around the following locations:

Boulder Reservoir
Potential traffic of key resources to and from the incident area
2801 Jay Road
Simulation evacuation drill site where volunteers will be evacuated to and assessed by the Access and Functional Needs team
Between Mine Lane Road and Carriage Hills, near BMFD Fire Station 1
Structure defense and fire suppression operations
Wonderland Lake and Dakota Ridge Subdivision
Helicopter bucket drops to simulate air operations and practice pilot accuracy
Structure assessments and wildfire defense plan practice
Boulder County Fairground, Longmont
Simulated Animal Control evacuations of horses/large animals

For more information about the full-scale exercise prior to May 20, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 303-441-3390.

**Members of the media: If you need information about the exercise during the exercise, please call 303-441-1500**

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Emergency Operations Center Closing Down

The Emergency Operations Center is shutting down at the end of the debate. Good night.

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EOC Activated to support GOP Debate at CU

We have activated our Emergency Operations Center to help support the University of Colorado – Boulder, as needed, for the GOP Debate.

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Prescribed Burn at Heil Valley Ranch Today

Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program will begin the Overlook prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch today, October 28. Smoke will be visible in the area west of North Foothills Highway in between Lefthand Canyon and Lyons. The 22-acre burn will require one to two days of ignitions. However, the goal is to burn all 22 acres today, weather permitting. Heil Valley Ranch will be closed during ignition days.

Firefighting resources will remain on the prescribed burn until the fire is confirmed as being controlled by significant weather conditions or determined to be out. The project area is well contained by trails and roads. Fire hoses and fire engines will completely surround the area during the duration of the burn.

For more information please visit

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City of Boulder Prescribed Burn: October 19-31

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department and Boulder Fire-Rescue are planning to conduct an 85-acre prescribed burn to reduce the fire danger for south Boulder residents and to improve the health of city open space forests.

Depending on weather and environmental conditions, Boulder residents and OSMP visitors may see some smoke from a prescribed burn on Shanahan Ridge anytime between Monday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 31. Residual smoke from the extinguished burn may be seen after Oct. 31. Ignitions will only begin after 10 a.m. and end before 3 p.m. Firefighters will monitor the burn at all times until it is safely extinguished.

More detailed information can be found at

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